Hon. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, Minister of Transport, has said, road safety situation in the country has worsened due to the commissions’ lacked of capacity to enforce the road safety laws.
According to him, the Ministry of Transport has submitted a proposal to cabinet, seeking to empower the NRSC, to enforce road safety regulations.
He was speaking at the Inauguration of a 20-member Board of directors for the Commission on August 29th, 2017 in Accra.
The Sector Minister was hopeful that, the proposal, when accepted, would help reduce road carnages in the country.
The commission was established by the NRSC Act, 1999 (Act 567) with the mandate of developing, coordinating and promoting road safety and relies on the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service for the enforcement of the regulations it develops.
Hon. Asiamah said in line with the United Nations Decade of Action for road safety, the commission developed a National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS III) and an Action Plan which aimed at a 50 per cent reduction in fatalities and serious injuries by the year 2020.
“However, the risk to road traffic deaths and injuries is real and very close to us all. On daily basis, about six persons die as a result of road traffic accidents,” he attributed to the commissions’ limited powers.
By him, the provisional statistics on road crashes for the first two quarters of the year was alarming, and expressed worry that apart from the human element in the crashes, road condition and the state of vehicles were often disregarded.
He charged the Board and the commission to collaborate with other institutions and solicit support towards the continuous improvement in the road infrastructure and vehicles to safeguard lives.
He also called on the board not to take over the role of management in any instance, and advised them against reporting any matter to any higher authority without first consulting the ministry.
Members of the Board includes; Rev. Ismala Hasmittson Awudu, as chairman, Hajia Halima Yakubu, Mr Inusah Shirazu, Prof. Ahmed Nuhu Zakariah, Mrs Dora Darkwa Mensah, Mr Joseph Nobel Tetteh, Mrs Dorothy Afriyie-Ansah, Mr Maxwell Sakipasgo Atingane, Mr Alexander Kweku Krah, George Baffour Owusu Afriyie and Mrs May Obiri Yeboah, Executive Director of NRSC.
The rest are Lt. Col. George Kobina Wilson, Mr Oliver Bio, Rev. Erasmus Amankwah Addo, Mr George Fausta Baffoe, Mr David Kwasi Agyeman, Mr Francis Kwaku Afukaar, Mr Kwesi Agyemang Busia, Mr Victor Obeng-Adiyiah and Mr Kwadwo Tufour, all as members of the board.
Rev. Ismala Hasmittson Awudu, Chairman of the new Board, on behalf of the members, expressed gratitude to the President for the confidence reposed in them, and pledged their full commitment to addressing all issues relating to the commission, especially the increasing rate of accidents and the controversial national towing levy.