In this age and time where the world revolves around technology, the 20 member board, management and staff of the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), Ghana, a body responsible for road safety management in Ghana seems not to realise the times in which we are.
Even though the authority has managed to construct an official website to publicize its events and activities, sharing information as well as to communicate with its publics has not been updated with road accident statistics since 2017.
The only data on road accident statistics on the NRSA website; www.nrsc.gov.ghis that of 2010 to 2016. This came to light after several such studies were conducted on the NRSA site for data on road accident statistics from 2017 to the second quarter of 2020.
Sources without the authority said the lead public statutory body responsible for road safety management in Ghana. Originally established as the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) by an Act of Parliament (NRSC 1999, Acts 567) to plan, develop, promote and coordinate policies related to road safety has Information Communication Technology (ICT) personnel’s who draw salaries every month not much have been seen of them.
What is disheartening about the not up-to-day website is that the 20 member board led by one Rev. Ismaila Hansmittson Awudu has journalists and other communications experts who are supposed to understand better the importance of accurate and timely information thus making sure the website has up-to-day information about authority and its activities have gone to sleep.
From the look of things it seems the board chairman and his members are not aware of the existence of the portal or they are aware of its existence but do not monitor to see what goes on there because since their appointment somewhere in 2017, four out of the 20 members do not have their pictures attached to the names.
Again, two members are having the same name tags assigned to the pictures. So the question most people are asking is if the 20 board membership, plus management and staff of the authority cannot manage or monitor a simple website to run effectively, then what is the guarantee that they will be able to ensure safety on our roads.
Article by Franklin ASARE-DONKOH