By: Jerry Akornor/www.africanakua.com, Ghana
The National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) has urged the public to treat road safety issues as shared and collective responsibility.
The call for the shared and collective campaign against the age-old national problem comes at the period Ghana is recording incessant road clashes amid political campaign promises by the biggest opposition party leader John Mahama to legalise and regulate Okada, the most causal agent of road accidents.
NRSA’s statistics revealed that from 2016 to 2018, pedestrians recorded the highest annual number of fatalities, followed by motorcycle users and bus occupants.
According to the Director General of the NRSA, Ing. May Obiri-Yeboah, the public, including drivers, riders, pedestrians, and passengers have a duty to preach and act on road safety.
Speaking at the NRSA’s engagement with the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) on Friday 25 September, 2020 in Accra, the Director General of the leading authority for road safety in Ghana said:
“If you’re a passenger, speak up to advise drivers against over- speeding, druink driving, wrongful overtaking, driving tired and using mobile phones while driving; if you are a motor rider, wear a helmet, ensure your Pillion Rider also wears a helmet and Stop for RED at signalized intersection. If you’re a pedestrian, cross the road at Zebra marked points, or at signalized intersections where police show green for pedestrians”.
Ing. May Obiri-Yeboah has also revealed her outfit will “introduce a mandatory refresher training course for drivers as part of the strategy to ensure road safety “.
On his part, the President of the GJA, Mr. Affail Monney, has charged media practitioners to name and shame those who breach road safety rules and expose frequent factors of road accidents until Ghanaians are spared road clashes. According to him, although many issues are trending ahead of the 2020 polls, road accidents remain the top most threats to human lives.
He told Africa Nakua’s Jerry Akornor that on the sidelines that “There are several stories competing for attention but do not eliminate the fact that road safety is a serious issue. As journalists, we should team up with the National Road Safety Authority to discover the root cause of accidents in Ghana. Use your power as journalists to help and promote the precious dignity of human lives, name and shame lawless road users”.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Director in-charge of Policy and Planing at NRSA, Mr. Daniel Wuaku, wanted national action against road-user indiscipline behavior through education, media, outreach and law enforcement. “There should be synergy between the media and the authority to intensify advocacy on safety” he maintained.
In a similar development, The Head of Communications at the NRSA, Lawyer Kwame Kodua Atuahene, has appealed to journalists to consistently hold every institution mandated by law to ensure road safety accountable. According to him, although the NRSA is a coordinating and leading authority on road safety, the DVLA, police, Energy Ministry, Road and highways are obliged by law to play critical roles towards Ghana’s overall road safety agenda.
Lawyer Atuahene stated that “You cannot blame the National Road Safety Authority for absence of street lights, that’s the obligation of the Energy Minister”.