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Schools Ecozoil Before Easter, Adawso boat operators and commuters

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In order to ensure safe travel on the Volta Lake during the impending Easter celebrations, boat owners and commuters at Kwahu Adawso have been made aware of the need to follow safety procedures.

Ecozoil Limited, a division of the Jospong Group of Companies, carried out the exercise (JGC). The event was held at the Volta Lake Transport Company (VLTC) station at Kwahu Adawso for the Kwahu South (Adawso) and Kwahu Afram Plains (Ekye-Amanfrom) communities. Participants included boat owners, the chief of Kwahu Adawso, the District Chief Executive (DCE), presiding and assembly members, chief fishermen, and residents of Kwahu Adawso and nearby communities.

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The training exercise was part of Ecozoil’s monthly training and sensitization programme for Volta Lake users under the Volta Lake Transport Safety Initiative. It was conducted in preparation for the impending Easter events (VLTSP).

The purpose of it was to educate the people of Kwahu Adawso and Ekye about the value of wearing life jackets and the reasons they should follow safety procedures when using water as a mode of transportation.

Abitha Odame-Nyanteh, General Manager of Ecozoil, wished Ghanaians a good Easter in advance and urged everyone to stay safe over the holiday season. She urged everyone to put their safety first when taking an Easter sail on the Volta Lake.

In an effort to avert mishaps, boat owners were also advised to avoid overloading and to regularly maintain their vessels.

In his speech, Evans Ntiri Kyei, the DCE for Kwahu Afram Plains South, pledged to work with Ecozoil to make sure that “no life jacket, no boarding of boats” is allowed in his area.

He cautioned boat owners to take care of their boats’ maintenance and reaffirmed that the Assembly will make sure that only watertight boats were used on the Lake.

He expressed confidence that the assembly and Ecozoil will continue to collaborate in order to ensure the wearing of life jackets to prevent drowning.

Nana Kwesi Kuarh, a representative of the Chief of Kwahu Adawso, commended Ecozoil for continuing to serve the community by offering work and giving commuters life jackets. He promised to cooperate with Ecozoil to prevent deaths, especially during this holiday season.

Yaa Oforiwaa, the VLTSP’s national coordinator, demonstrated how life jackets should be worn and how to perform CPR during a rescue operation.

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