The Minister of transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah has debunked claims that the carnage on our roads is orchestrated by the devil.
He made this known during the official launch of the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) Stay Alive Campaign at the forecourt of the State House, Accra.
The occasion which saw a lot of individuals from the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), Academia, Traditional, Political, Religious Environment was very colourful. Prominent among them, were the Director-General NRSA, Ing. Mrs. May Obiri-Yeboah, the Head of Regulations, Inspection and Compliance at the NRSA, Mr Kwame Kodua, ACP Sassu Mensah and Dr. Ofori Sarpong.
According to the Minister, it is as a result of negligence on the part of motorists and hence a pragmatic approach needed to change the status quo.
Delivering his key note address at the launch, the Minister expressed worry over the road crashes lately. He opined that he was genuinely surprised when 1.4 million people died through road crashes. “Indeed, road crashes are the number 1 killer of 5-29yr olds in the world and Ghana is no exception.
I must be quick to indicate that sadly road traffic injury death rates are the highest across the African Region”, he expressed.
He particularly blamed the carnage on our roads on wrongful overtaking, over speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and jumping of red lights.
“These commercial drivers you see around are conversant with food joints noted for good meals. As such, they buy alcohol in sachets and drink in anticipation to have appetite for the grass cutter soup along the road. However, some die before getting to their designated ‘Chop bar’. I am from the Central Region so I know about this trend”, he noted.
The Minister, called on the media to be proactive in informing, educating and advocating for road safety campaigns in order to change the narrative. This according to him will go a long way to bring the fatality rates to the barest minimum.