Man to sue four govt agencies for son’s death

Updated 12 April 2016

Man to sue four govt agencies for son’s death

JEDDAH: The father of a teenager who recently lost his life after his car fell into a trench dug up for a sewage project here has decided to file a case against four government agencies.
Mohammed Abdullah Al-Ghamdi, aged 17, drove into the trench in the Al-Ruhaili area of north Jeddah around 5:30 a.m. on Friday and died before being rescued.
The boy’s father was quoted as saying by local media on Monday that he would include the Civil Defense, Traffic Department, National Water Company (NWC) and the Jeddah Municipality in the lawsuit. The man described the trench, which is 126 feet deep and 30 square meters wide, as a “death hole.”
“I will sue the four government agencies because they failed to perform their tasks so that no one in the neighborhood would fall into the ‘death hole,’ which has been there for six years. I will sue the Civil defense for their failure to monitor the safety of innocent lives,” the father was quoted as saying.
The Traffic Department is also to blame for not ensuring the safety of motorists because the location did not have sufficient warning signs and light to prevent vehicles from falling into the trench, he said.
“The NWC, the implementing body of the project, did not care much for the safety of citizens and did not install enough barriers or apply the correct safety standards in its project,” he said.
According to the father, the municipality is also to blame for failing to monitor such projects and for being the body of jurisdiction for issuing permits to dig holes in residential areas.
Lt. Col. Saeed bin Sarhan, spokesman of the Civil Defense in Makkah, said the civil safety agency always follows up on these projects and demands that the implementing body install barriers and fences, along with instructions or warning signs to maintain the safety of people.
“However, traffic safety is not our responsibility. Our main responsibility is the safety of lives,” he was quoted as saying.
The teenager’s car was left hanging half inside the hole with the other half outside, and the Civil Defense came to the rescue after a telephone call from the victim himself, who told them that he couldn’t swim. However, the phone got cut moments after he uttered the two testimonies of faith. The body was removed from the trench at 1:30 p.m..


‘Wusool’ transport program benefits 60,000 Saudi women

Updated 20 February 2020

‘Wusool’ transport program benefits 60,000 Saudi women

RIYADH: Over 60,000 Saudi female employees have benefited from Wusool, a female transportation program that helps ease their daily commute.

The program aims to find solutions that reduce the burden of transportation costs for Saudi female workers in the private sector by providing them with subsidies from the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) for high-quality, safe and secure transportation services to and from the workplace, partnering with taxi companies through licensed smart apps.

The program aims to increase the participation of women in the labor market and increase job stability. 

The HRDF said it made amendments and updates to Wusool to ensure that the largest number of applicants benefitted from it. This comes as part of the HRDF’s support for women working in the private sector.

The procedures included amendments to the terms of enrollment in the program, including the requirement to be registered under the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI), where the employee should be registered for less than 36 months, and her monthly salary should not exceed SR8,000 ($2,132). SPA Riyadh

The amendments also included a fixed monthly financial support provided by HRDF, covering 80 percent of the cost at a maximum of SR800 per month, in addition to the cancelation of the previously planned financial participation of SR200, and extending the support period to 12 months.

Women working in the private sector can register for the Wusool program by visiting http://wusool.sa.