BY PHILIP ANTOH | email@example.com
THE NEWLY appointed chairman of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), Rev. Ismaila Awudu, has stated that the new Board and management will embark on massive education to sensitise Ghanaians to the need to reduce carnage on the road.
According to him, education was one of the only sure ways of reducing accidents on the road.
He said the new Board would collaborate with all stakeholders involved to reduce rampant accidents.
Rev Awudu said beyond education, the NRSC would also organise road shows, distribute handbills and also go digital on social media platforms with short documentaries on carnage on the road.
The chairman cautioned drivers to stop using mobile phones while driving, relax when tired and embark on regular maintenance of their vehicles.
He added that the Commission would also ensure that educational campaigns are carried out in both English and local languages to reach wider audience, considering the fact that some drivers could not read and write.
He said “because Twi is a universal language, the drivers will be comfortable with it; we will listen to their concerns and challenges and work on them,” the chairman stated.
In an interview the DAILY HERITAGE after the swearing-in of the NRSC Board in Accra, Rev Awudu stated that both the Board and management would enforce strict adherence of road signs.
He called for concerted efforts by the Motor Transport and Traffic Department of the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Private Road Transport Union and other players such as the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority to reduce road accidents drastically.
He also called on all drivers to register under a union so that they could easily be identified and reached to explain policies and programmes to them.
“We want them to have a unified front which will champion their needs, speak for them and also address their issues accordingly. We are encouraging them to form groups so that there can be clear dialogue between their representatives and the NRSC Board,” Rev Awudu said.
He appealed to the Ministry of Roads and Transport to light up the streets and embark on prompt repairs of poor roads or plug potholes to avoid accidents because apart from speeding and wrongful overtaking, another cause of accident in the country is poor visibility.
Rev. Awudu said there was the need for drivers to undergo regular eye tests.