MANAGEMENT and stakeholders of Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) have taken pragmatic steps and human-centered measures to minimise road accidents fatalities and serious injuries in Accra, as well as considering and approving an Accra Annual Road Safety Plan before the beginning of each financial year.
According to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AMA, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, to achieve road safety goals in Accra, “we must establish and nourish a road safety partnership between city and national administrations.”
That, according to him, required a governance system which brings the AMA, national agencies and other key partners together to strategies and agree on the approach and critical interventions that would be delivered.
He pointed out that provisional data from the Motor and Transport and Traffic Division (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service revealed that 92 people in Accra lost their lives in road crashes in 2017 while 111 deaths were recorded in 2016.
The data, Mr Sowah stressed, calls for urgent measures to reduce deaths and injuries on the road.
Mr Sowah expressed the sentiment when he was speaking at the inauguration of a13-member road safety council in Accra to help minimise road traffic deaths and injuries in the city.
The Council, chaired by Sowah, would be supported by a Road Safety Management Group which will meet at least eight times a year, following every Council meeting.
Members of the Council include Chief Resilience and Sustainability Advisor of the AMA, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Transport, National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), Ministry of Roads and Highways, Department of Urban Roads (DUR) Ghana Highway Authority (GHA), Ghana Police Service, Ghana Heath Service (GHS) and the AMA Transport and Planning Departments.
The Council, the mayor said, would be responsible for the exchange of information about significant safety activities within their respective organisations and current safety issues in Accra, review of most recent results and data regarding road fatalities and serious injuries in Accra, as well as considering and approving an Accra Annual Road Safety Plan before the beginning of each financial year.
He added that the Council would coordinate, ideas, resources and actions from all stakeholders to address road safety in the city.
He added that the establishment of the Council was occasioned by the principle to establish road safety partnership between the city and other stakeholders to ensure good governance and ownership of road safety.
The mayor also used the occasion to express his condolence to the families of victims of Techiman-Kintampo highway road crash which claimed over 50 lives.
“May the souls of the departed rest in perfect peace! Our hearts go out to the families and friends of all the deceased; accept our condolences and may the good Lord comfort your hearts for this great loss,” he expressed.
He indicated that, the AMA with support from Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS), has redesigned the Abeka Lapaz intersection to ensure pedestrian safety, and launched a Pedestrian Action Plan for the city and a Road Safety Strategy which has given birth to the Council.
Mr Sowah also expressed appreciation to members of the Council for accepting to be part of a vision to make Accra safe, smart, sustainable and resilient modern city and urged them to be committed towards the course.
For his part, the Chief Resilience and Sustainability Adviser to the Mayor of Accra, Mr Desmond Appiah, disclosed that the terms of references of the Council include overseeing the implementation of the Accra Road Safety Strategy 2018-2030 and any related or subsequent road safety plans and strategies, providing oversight of each member agency’s commitments to the realisation of Accra road safety strategy, reviewing progress, and leading achievement of Accra road safety targets.
Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU
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