Somalia Traffic officers at a recent press conference

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is set to train traffic police officers in Mogadishu and the federal states on managing road traffic which is on the increase in major towns.

According to acting AMISOM Police Commissioner Christine Alalo, the training will last for 10 for 25 traffic police officers, drawn from various police stations in the city.

“We intend to extend this training to every traffic police officer in Mogadishu and the federal member states. Traffic police officers will play a major role in the sensitization campaign both at the federal and state levels,” he added.

Somali Police Force Commissioner, Gen. Bashir Abdi Mohamed, who also attended the meeting, applauded AMISOM for facilitating the training, saying training will help the officers in enforcing traffic rules to curb indiscipline on roads and also minimize accidents.

“I want you to go back to your respective stations and apply what you have learnt and also share the same knowledge with your colleagues at your work place. I want to see real change in the traffic department,” Gen. Mohamed stated.

Several participants hailed the training, noting that the skills and knowledge acquired will help them in discharging their duties.

“I benefited a great deal from the training. It was interactive and we exchanged and shared ideas. We will share what we learnt with our colleagues in our places of work,” Captain Ali Shidane Balel stated.

Ms. Fawsiya Afkul Ibrahim, also hailed both the SPF and AMISOM leadership for organizing the training, adding that the exercise should also be extended to the regions.