The District Chief Executive for Lawra in the Upper West Region has revealed the commencement of a massive road improvement project in areas under his jurisdiction as part of a programme to lessen the alarming rates of road accidents.
In an interactive meeting with the regional directorate of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), Sampson Abu said the entire township of the district capital is being tarred.
The officers of the NRSC were in the district to raise public awareness on the need for safety on roads with the impending general elections slated for December 7th 2012.
Sampson Abu said statistics shows an alarming situation on accident rates. He said the carnage on the roads take away the needed human resources base of the country and called on the NRSC to do something to save the situation.
He called on the police to exhibit a high sense of professionalism by disabusing the minds of the public about the corruption perception within the rank and file of the police service. He said much as the public is blaming the police for alleged bribery, the public must also be blamed since the giver and recipient are guilty.
He was particularly worried about the wrong siting of road signs and the blockade of road signs by advertisers, a situation he described as serious and a contributory factor to road accidents in the country, and urged the NRSC to do something about the situation. He said it is the duty of the government to provide good road infrastructure and maintain. The DCE for Lawra expressed the readiness of the assembly to assist the NRSC with office accommodation and other logistics to make their presence to be felt in the district.
The regional director of the NRSC, Mr Mohammed Abdul Samad said the United Nation has declared the next decade as the decade of action in reducing road accidents and expressed the hope that with the cooperation and support of the various assemblies the NRSC will succeed in its work.
He said the regional directorate of the NRSC will establish offices in the district and urged the DCE to assist in getting indigenes to be part of the office as that will rather facilitate in their educational programs by the use of the local language.
The regional director and his team went round the district to conduct public education for some targeted institutions. The paid a visit to the district office of the Ghana Road Transport Union (GPRTU). He impressed upon them to maintain sanity on the road and the need to be properly licensed in their chosen profession as drivers. The leader of the GPRTU in the district Alhaji Hafiz called for the maintenance of professional standards for drivers by all concerned institutions.
The team also paid similar visit to various schools in the district. These include the Lawra English Arabic School, Lawra Methodist School and Karbo Junior High School all located in the district capital Lawra.

BMJ Seidu

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