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Total Ethiopia celebrated the World Day for Safety and Health at its head office on April 28th.
The celebration was held in the presence of government officials as well as Total Ethiopia management and staff along with the Ambassador of France to Ethiopia.
“Road insecurity is a global plague that requires the utmost attention from governments. In my country, road insecurity is the first cause of death for people from 15 to 24 years of age. Prevention through education is therefore essential,” said Ambassador Brigitte Collet.
As an input to the effort of the Ethiopian government to reduce road accidents in the country, Total Ethiopia took the initiative with the French Embassy to donate 3,000 reflective arm bands that will be distributed to selected schools in Addis Ababa where students attending night programs are exposed to traffic accidents.
“I would like to reiterate my gratitude to Total for making possible our very concrete contribution to the safety of pedestrians. The Embassy of France is very proud to be associated with this action. I do hope that wearing this armband will become a fashion, thus protecting many people from the dangers of the road,” the Ambassador also said.
According to statistics, there is an average of 10 casualties in Ethiopia per day mostly due to the negligence of drivers. Other challenges of road transport safety in Ethiopia as stated by Total include; out of the more than 1,800 fuel trucks almost 50 percent of them are more than 10 years old and the strong increase of the transport activity on the Djibouti-Addis Ababa for the last five years.
“We believe the Djibouti-Addis Ababa needs to be given special attention by the government. For us, we have been able to bring down the number of accidents by our vehicles mainly through training and mentoring our drivers,” said Marc de Lataillade, Managing Director of Total Ethiopia.
According to Total Ethiopia’s track records, the company has managed to decrease its accident rate from 62 in 2008 to 1 in 2014 (January-March).