The National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) has on Thursday, May 27, 2021, held a stakeholder consultative meeting in Techiman, the Bono East Regional capital to solicit views on the drafting of a Legislative Instrument (LI) to regulate road transport operations in the country.
The Stakeholders Consultative Meeting brought together officials from the DVLA, MTTD, Engineers, GPRTU, Fire Service, Driver Associations, Pragya Association and Techiman Traditional Council.
The meeting was intended to school the stakeholders on the draft LI, which would afford the NRSA the opportunity to enforce standards to promote sanity and reduce accidents on roads in the country.
Speaking at the meeting, the Bono East Regional Police Commander DCOP Asumadu Okyere Darko, who was also the Chairman expressed worry about the number of road accidents recorded in the country and especially in the Bono East Region.
Hence the need for Stakeholders Consultative meeting to figure out the things which are not done properly by the various stakeholders causing road accidents and also to come out with control measures to curb the situation.
“I hope we all participate in a good way to achieve a target goal of controlling road accident in the Bono East region.”
Contributing to the discussion, Mr. Emmanuel Acheampong Parry, Bono East Regional Director for NRSA, said government has given the NRSA the mandate to regulate transport operators to ensure sanity in the various transport yards and also to check on contractors to ensure proper roads are constructed to prevent road accidents.
According to him, NRSA has four departments namely; The Regulation, Inspectorate and Compliance Department, Finance and Administration, Research Monitoring and Evaluation, Planning and Programmes Departments respectively which work together to ensure road safety in Ghana.
Reviewing the causes of road accidents, Mr Acheampong mentioned potholes, lack of gutters, improper way of crossing road by pedestrians, lack of street lights, road markings, over-loading, lack of traffic light and other bad behaviours which constitute road accident but promised to ensure sanity on the roads.
Mr Emmanuel Acheampong Parry pleaded with the general public, especially Bono East Region to work with the NRSA to curb road accident in the Region.
On his part, the Chief Director for the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC), Mr. Padmond Mensah, commented on the attitude amongst stakeholders in the region towards road safety.
He therefore advised them to change their attitude and urged drivers to respect other road users to ensure road safety.
By: Felicity Ampomah/RadioLink/Techiman