Director of Planning and Programmes at the National Road Safety Authority Engineer David Osafo Adonteng has stated that road safety is a national responsibility that require an active media involvement.
According to him, the media cannot limit itself to only reporting the facts, but also ensure that it plays a leading role in sustaining advocacies and programmes via its platforms towards ending carnage on the roads.
Engineer Osafo Adonteng stated this in Tamale during an engagement between the NRSA and the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) membership from the Northern and Upper East Regions.
The engagement was to bring the media in tune with the NRSA’s yet to be rolled out – “Arrive Alive”- campaign to be undertaken nationwide, and also with the authority’s legal mandate – derived from the NRSA Act, 2019 (Act 993).
Yearly, more than 2000 road users in Ghana are killed in avoidable road crashes linked to indiscipline and irresponsibility or laxity on the roads, with the majority of the deaths being persons in their youthful ages. Increasing deaths through Motorbikes crashe have also soared in the last five years.
But the NRSA according to Engineer Adonteng, hopes that through the partnership with the media, such numbers will significantly drop as Ghana takes actionable steps that are in line with the UN decade of action on road safety spanning (2020 to 2030), where member countries are to take steps to ensure that road crashes are halved.
The President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Roland Affail-Monney regretted that in spite of the successes chalked in Ghana’s democratic path, the country’s bad road safety record had become a blot on such enviable achievements.
He said the partnership between the media and the road safety authority will help to promote and respect the dignity of all road users in order to ending that carnage on the roads.
For her part, the Director General of the National Road Safety Authority Engineer Mrs. May Obiri-Yeboah regretted that six deaths are recorded daily on Ghana’s roads in addition to other permanent injures that are left on survivors of road crashes. This call to action therefore she added cannot be achieved without an active media involvement.
Story By: Nelson Nyadror Adanuti