President Nana Akufo-Addo has set up a three man committee to implement an an action plan compiled by the ministers of Interior, Transport and Roads to deal with the upsurge of road accidents in the country.
According to a statement issued on Monday, April 16, by Deputy Information Minister, Perry Okudzeto, the three approaches to tackle the upsurge of road accidents involve “Education, Enforcement and Engineering.”
An average of six (6) people die in road accidents everyday in Ghana, the Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD) of the Ghana Police service has revealed.
The statement said the education approach will “resource the National Road Safety Commission to scale up public education and sensitisation on road safety with an additional GHC 6.5 million from the Road Fund”.
The statement maintained that: “a. Enforcement of Road Traffic Laws by the Police through spot fines by automation of MTTD operations. b. Partner with private towing companies and Nationwide Traffic Management and Enforcement Limited (NTMEL) to vigorously enforce regulations.”
Some of the stakeholders to be resourced by government to deal with motor accidents via the action plan are the Feeder Roads and the Ghana Highway Authority.
Government will pump “at least GHC335 million a year to provide signage and road markings for roads over a three-year period”.
The president’s decision comes after the death of about twenty-seven (27) passengers through three (3) separate road accidents during last weekend.
Below is the press release.