A member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) has entreated public officials to back their talks with actions in dealing with road accidents in the country.
Speaking at the premiere of JoyNews‘ documentary titled ‘CRUSHED’, Chief Teete Owusu-Nortey indicated that renowned state personalities such as the President should be pioneers for road safety to chart the path to eradicate this menace.
“We need a champion like the President of the Republic to move this agenda forward, the president should broadcast to the nation that road traffic crashes are a killer and he expects all stakeholders to perform their duties without fear or favour,” he added.
Mr Owusu-Nortey emphasised the need for government to ban the use of commercial motorcycles popularly known as ‘okada’, which he said will help reduce road crushes in the country.
“Okada must be stopped, the sharp upwards crush from 2017 to 2020 could be attributed to the rapid increase of motorcycles and tricycles for commercial purposes and their knocking down of pedestrians”.
That notwithstanding, the Special Advisor to the Council of Trustees added that the trend of motorcycles in the country is on the increase due to the lack of employment opportunities for young people.
He added that,” it is important that relevant authorities address this as well so as to minimize the use of ‘okada’ as a means of earning a living.”
Mr Owusu-Nortey indicated that driving education and law enforcement should be a priority to the government and as such, better roads and broad carriages with enhanced safety features are necessary on our major highways, these he says will help curb road carnage in the country.
Meanwhile, the Director-General of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), Ing. May Obiri-Yeboah has also admonished persons in high public offices to desist from actions that impede the works of the Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD).
“All stakeholders should support the NRSC to regulate the road transport sector for our own good. We must chart a path that places value on our lives as road users above all considerations. More importantly, we must dedicate ourselves to investing more in road safety,” she stated.
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