BY PHILIP ANTOH firstname.lastname@example.org
THE BOARD chair of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), Rev. Ismaila Awudu, has stated that the Commission is partnering stakeholders and municipal assemblies across the country to impound and arrest tricycle owners who intentionally throw garbage onto the middle of the road.
Rev Ismaila said it saddened his heart to see tricycle drivers dump refuse on the road after collecting monies from residents to dispose of their rubbish.
“What we are trying to do is to partner the various stakeholders such as the municipal assemblies to strengthen monitoring to ensure that culprits are dealt with,” he stated.
In an interview with the DAILY HERITAGE, he said the nation could not sit unconcerned as it loses its workforce to indiscipline on the part of drivers and other road users.
He added that the current statistics of six people dying on daily basis as a result of road accidents and a total of 8,035 road traffic crashes involving 10,528 vehicles with 1,129 casualties, and 7,761 fatal injuries from January to August look scary.
Rev Ismaila said out of the figures, a total of 1,382 persons were killed, while 2,197 pedestrians were knocked down.
He indicated that on many occasions, drivers and road users have had the cause to complain about excessive dumping of rubbish in the middle of roads, which causes frequent accidents.
The Board Chair stated that to reduce the carnage on the road, there was the need for political will through the enforcement of laws.
He said the Ministry of Roads and Highways, Urban and Feeder Roads Department should make sure that the standard and quality of “our roads are maintained in terms of specification,” adding that they must also ensure good lighting, road markings and prompt plugging of potholes to avoid frequent accidents.
Rev Ismaila called on various media organisations, stakeholders, academia, the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Authority, driving schools and transport agencies such as Ghana Private Road Transport Union and PROTOA to support the campaign to reduce the carnage on the road.