The Minority Leader in Parliament Haruna Iddrisu has described the gory Nsawam accident, which claimed the lives of five persons, as avoidable.
Contributing to the issue when it came before the House on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, he said the accident could have been avoided.
He extended his condolences and that of the Minority to families who lost their loved ones in the accident.
Alhaji Iddrisu said ”in Ghana. I am sorry to say this, we are yet to accept the reality of avoidable deaths. Maybe [it] is because of religion. When it happens, we say ‘Fama Nyame’. Even as Muslims, when it happens, we say ‘Give it to Allah’. So as a country, we have not proven enough as a country that we are educating people to appreciate that death is avoidable”.
He bemoaned the increasing rate of motor-related accidents in Tamale disclosing that the majority of severe accidents and survivors with broken limbs and legs are as a result of motor-related accidents.
He noted that preventing road crashes must be a concern of the legislative body.
”How do we stop the carnage on the roads must concern all of us.”
He demanded reasons why the board for the National Road Safety Authority has not been inaugurated.
He asked the government to respect the law and constitute the board with immediate effect.
He asked the police to check overloading and other road traffic offences and deal with the offenders involved.