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OUR ROADS NO LONGER SAFE

The Motor Traffic and Transport Division (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service report for the year ending December 2023 indicated 2,276 people were killed in road accidents across the country, with 15,409 sustaining various degrees of injuries.

There isn’t much difference between the 2023 report and that of 2022, which recorded 2,373 dead with 15,690 injuries.

Destruction of human lives on our roads, keep escalating even as the Government is assuring Ghanaians of a safer and durable roads, constructed by the Ministry of Roads and Highways throughout the country.

In view of the assurance by the Ministry, why is our roads not safe and how can we minimize death through motor accidents?

Every Administration, since the beginning of the 4th Republic, has extol its achievement in the road sector but their efforts have not made our roads safer.

It is a fact that motor accidents will happen whether the roads are good or bad but it is also a fact that good roads minimize fatal motor accidents.

It is still early days of 2024 but we have already recorded one fatal motor accident which involved the second Lady, Samira Bawumia, wife of the Vice President and we thank God she survived.

2024 is an Election year and most of our Political leaders, would be crisscrossing the country in search of votes and it is on these same bad roads they would be travelling but have they asked themselves how safe they are?

The question GhanaNewsNow is asking is why has the roads been left in such a bad state over the years?

We are aware what every Administration did in the roads sector, all with good intentions, but have been without maintenance and left to deteriorate over the period?

A section of the public, including the MTTD, usually blame motor accidents on recalcitrant Drivers and bad roads but while the two are partly to blame other reasons including faulty vehicles, inadequate road signs, over speeding and indiscipline on our roads also contribute to motor accidents.

The National Roads Safety Authority (NRSA) is mandated to promote and coordinate Road Safety activities in the country but it is handicapped because of lack of funds. Traditionally, the Authority’s main source of funding is the Roads Fund, the DVLA and the Insurance Commission but characteristic of statutory bodies in the country, the NRSA is rendered ineffective because it lacks funding.

That is the more reason the GhanaNewNow is calling on Government to make funding available to NRSA to carry out its mandate effectively as road accidents don’t kill only ordinary/poor citizens but also kills rich and prominent citizens as demonstrated in the second Lady’s accident.

We will also call on the Ministry of Roads and Highways to be sensitive to the plight of motorist and not only focus on the construction of new roads but also undertake periodic maintenance of old roads in the country to minimize motor accidents.

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