The Regional Coordinator; Attitudinal and Behavioral Change (ABC) Secretariat-East, Arnold Brima Kaima has called on motor owners, drivers and the general public to strictly abide by the rules prescribed in the Public Health Emergency Regulations as ratified by the House of Parliament.
He made this appeal while addressing drivers, the press and the general public at the office of the driver’s union situated at Mattoe Kapuwa Lorry Park in Kenema.
The coordinator urged everyone, especially union members and those present to do everything possible to defeat Ebola, by following the medical advice put forward by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.
He made a call on stakeholders in the transport sector to enforce the “no overloading” of vehicles and other means of mobility in a bid to eradicate Ebola in the country.
He said that such a measure is part of government’s strategies in ensuring that the disease is not spread among non-infected persons, and maintained that transport regulatory bodies should play a complementary role in enforcing these established rules.
He explained that in a bid to improve on their activities at the ABC secretariat, they have established Agent of Change School Clubs in four secondary schools in the Kemena city, among which are: Government Secondary School, Lukes Commercial Secondary School, Nasir Ahmadiyya Muslim Secondary School and Holy Rosary Secondary School.
The Regional Coordinator revealed that they have undertaken sensitization and awareness rising activities on the role of a good citizen in army and police barracks in Kenema. He said have also held radio discussions on the principles, aims and objectives of the ABC secretariat in rebranding the minds of Sierra Leonean, and to articulate positive attitude and behavior in the development of Sierra Leone.
The team also visited schools in Boajibu; Simbaru chiefdom in Kenema district where they engaged the native administrators on issues bordering on the importance of justice delivery to the local people.
Drivers’ Union representative, Sahr James said that they are a “law abiding group” in the country, but pointed out that the prevailing situation in the country has provided a bad atmosphere for their operation because only few vehicles are in operation and are exclusively allowed to carry luggage without passengers.
He revealed that most of the vehicles are now going bad or grounded, adding that they are doing everything possible to ensure that Ebola is chased out of the country.
By Saffa Moriba
Wednesday September 17, 2014