Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), lawyer Attuahene, has disclosed on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the commission received an amount of GHc335 million from government to help curb the menace of road accidents in 2018.
Speaking to Kwabena Agyapong Monday, the PRO said, just as President Akufo-Addo in April 2018 approved an action plan, which included the allocation of about GHC 335 million per year to make available road signs and markings for a three-year period, the NRSC received the amount.
The approval he explained was part of efforts to control the spate of road accidents in the country.
The tripartite approach covers areas in Education, Enforcement and Engineering and gives briefs of how each section is intended to contribute to the cause.
A release that year indicated that, the education approach focused on public education and awareness creation on road safety rules, while the Enforcement touches on strict administration of road traffic laws supervised by the Ghana Police Service as well as Engineering which envelopes road maintenance.
The Ghana Police Service, Road Safety Commission and other road sector agencies have been therefore tasked to instantly start the implementation of the action plan.
Commenting on the initiative, lawyer Attuahene said, NRSC per its findings realised that, one of the major problems causing road accidents was indiscipline and disregard for road signs on the part of both pedestrians and drivers.
He told the host NRSC will intensify its campaign to create awareness and educate the public on the need to respect road signs, be disciplined on our roads in order to curb the menace of road accidents.
The issue of road accidents which has always been a matter of great concern to several Ghanaians has in recent times become uncomfortably incessant, a situation the government clearly sees needsurgentattention.
Just last Friday, close to 90 persons died in separate accidents at Kintampo, Kumasi and Awutu.
In the Kintampo incident, 35 passengers on board of one of the buses, which caught fire, burnt beyond recognition and were given mass burial on Saturday.
The Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD) of the Ghana Police service, in a report revealed that about six people die daily in road accidents nationwide; a very alarming revelation at that.
Reacting to the alarming rate of accidents, lawyer Attuahene said, the NRSC is on course to educate, create awareness and research on how best the rate could be reduced drastically.
He is also advocating dual carriage and multiple lanes to help resolve the challenge.
Meanwhile, government is dedicating ¢1 billion to fix traffic lights, erect road signs and paint defaced road markings to improve road safety.
This part of the recommendation by the inter-ministerial committee set up by President Akufo-Addo last year to look into the increasing cases of carnages on the country’s roads.
The committee also recommended that ¢6.5 million be allocated to the National Road Safety Commission for public education and training.
“The Report recommended the following:
1) Transformation of the National Road Safety Commission (NSRC) to an Authority and budgetary support of ¢6.50 Million for the Commission to scale up public education/sensitization and training,
2) Request for approval of a proposal by the Ghana Police Service to enable the MTTD to:
- a) Deploy Traffic Cameras Systems to detect and apprehend speed, red-light and related traffic offences, and
- b) Remove disabled vehicles from the road,
3) Request for an amount of ¢1,05 billion for the road agencies, Ghana Highway Authority, Department of Urban Roads and Department of Feeder Roads to clear the backlog of road signs, road-line markings, traffic signal lights and crash barriers on the national road network.