As part of activities to marking the West Africa Road Safety Organisation (WARSO) day, the National Road Safety Commission has given an indication of its commitment to leading the process to review the law that bars the commercial use of motorbikes (“OKADA”), and as well called on motorbike riders and all road users to exercise a high sense of discipline on the road following the alarming statistics on motorbike related accidents.
In a press release by the Head of Communications at the National Road Safety Commission, Mr. Kwame Koduah Atuahene, and copied to Newsghana.com.gh, it indicated that Executive Director of the commission, lng. (Mrs.) May Obiri-Yeboah said, “It has been ten good years of knowledge transfer and partnerships that have benefitted our region. During the period we have worked together to promote the use of retro-reflective tapes for some classes of vehicles to improve vehicle conspicuity and also reflect on the consequences for using motorcycles for commercial purposes in the sub-region. With the benefit of these learnings, we are poised to confront the ‘Okada’ issue as they have become a major road safety concern.”
According to her, this year’s observation of the day will be a decade since its existence and it’s themed “”WARSO in the Last Ten Years: the Journey So Far’.
And member states will seize the opportunity to reflect on the theme and discuss key challenges affecting safe road transport systems in the sub-region.
The West African Road Safety Organization (WARSO) was established on May 8, 2008 under the auspices of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). AND mandated to promote safe road transport in the sub-region through knowledge and experience sharing among member countries. It has since observed May 8 each year as the WARSO day to help raise and increase awareness of road safety issues in the sub-region.