NRSA engages stakeholders on safety, visibility
Kweku Ofori Asiamah – Minister of Transport
The National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) has put in place “a regular engagement programme” with key stakeholders to make Ghana the safest hub for the transport industry.
Engagement also involves bringing together views and ideas to feed into an overall policy framework to improve the industry.
The program, themed: “Using creativity and innovation for transformational change in road safety management”, will also serve as a hub of ideas to design cost-effective and practical solutions to the problems facing various regions. .
“This year we have seen a reduction in accidents, injuries and fatalities for the seven months of 2022 and we must work together to keep the reduction on the upswing and reward hard work,” said the chairman of the board. administration of the NRSA, Jermaine Nkrumah. .
He said the authority has started involving stakeholders in a program that will reward and recognize safer regions each year.
The chairman of the board said his team is committed to working with management to improve the authority’s funding situation.
Transport Minister Kweku Ofori Asiamah in a speech said experts estimate road deaths and injuries in low- and middle-income countries will lead to economic losses of up to 5% of gross domestic product (GDP). ) in these countries. .
He said provisional NRSA statistics from January to July 2022 on traffic accidents showed a total of 8,869 cases had been reported involving 15,239 vehicles and 1,443 victims.
Mr. Asiamah said that the importance of road safety in a country’s development agenda cannot be overemphasized, the ministry would redouble its efforts to educate the people to make the roads safe.
“We need strong institutions to exercise control over the security environment to build a firm security culture for sustainable development,” he said.
Mr. Asiamah assured that the authority would increase its capacity to increase its visibility beyond the regional capitals.
Director of the CSIR-Building and Road Research Institute, Dr. Daniel Asenso-Gyambibi, said there are around 2,000 deaths each year in the country as a result of road accidents.
He said that since engineering was key to road safety, roads should be designed to be comfortable and driver-friendly.
Dr Asenso-Gyambibi recommended that the NRSA be empowered to play an active role in policy formulation on the road network.