Source: Savannanews24.com/ Abdul Basit Sulemana
The overlord of Dagbon Yaa Naa Abukari Mahama II who doubles as the road safety ambassador which was conferred on him last year has called on the youth to be circumspect on the way they ride and abuse traffic regulations especially when this is an election year.
This was made known at the Gbewa palace when politicians, major stakeholders, youth leaders, police, and heads of departments were brought together to elaborate on the way forward to reduce the carnage on our roads.
According to Yaa Naa in a statement read by his secretary, “road safety affects everyone, including traditional authorities, leadership and citizens. We must as a result compliment the hard work of public agencies in order to ensure a significant reduction in burden associated with all. I trust that i can count on your support to change the story about road safety within Dagbon kingdom and beyond”.
Road accidents affects everyone in the society and must be given the needed attention by all if not to eradicate it but to reduce it.
“Traditional statistics from the national road safety authority on road traffic crushes in 2019 indicate that, a total of 270 road traffic crushes were reported involving 169 vehicles and 125 motorcycles in northern region of Ghana. This resulted into 125 deaths and 664 injuries. Again, ages within 5 and 35 years are the most affected. It is common knowledge that the incident of motorbike related crushes has risen generally due to the non use of crushed helmet and our attempt to disregard road traffic regulations. Between the year 2018 and 2019 motorbike fatality has risen by over 18.75% whiles it has increased 400% in the last 10 years”, says the statement.
However, these crushes are avoidable provided we shall embrace global best road safety practices and commit ourselves, organizations, political parties and their members to obey simple regulations.
His majesty went further to inform all political parties to caution their followers to stop posters on sign posts, it is very dangerous for our drivers on the road. Indeed, political parties have become major stakeholders for road safety especially in an election year like this.
Politicians have become major stakeholders in road safety especially during an election year and his majesty called on them to not only provide motorbikes for their supporters but should also provide protective clothings for them to ensure their safety.
Yaa Naa also called on the general public to desist from posting things on road signs which is also a major worry to road users leading to road accidents.
“I further want to advocate that all political parties would appoint road safety officers for every political activity to ensure accidents free before, during and after the elections”, Says Yaa Naa.
His majesty Yaa Naa distributed books to students to help them learn about the road signs as well helmets to some youth leaders who were present to use it as an advocate to their members to inculcate the habit of wearing helmets and also change our habits on road and traffic usage.
Meanwhile, the Northern Regional Director of the National Road Safety Commission, Alexander Ayata at the function also urged the general public to take it as a matter of urgency change our behavior and attitude on our roads.
He further applauded the Catholic Churches in Ghana for adopting the “No helmet no entry campaign”.
“Let me say of course why we are here and simply to do a little token job for the people of Ghana that would guide them to Election Day and after election.
Let me also stand here to commend the Catholic Church, the reason is that in 2019 also, they have decided to pass a resolution, you ca not ride a motor to any institution of the church without putting on your helmet”
He also called on politicians to sensitize their supporters on road safety regulations in order to stay alive to vote for them.
“Whatever you hear here from the king, and other stake holders please our leaders you want to win power is excellent, you must win power when your people are alive and can vote for you. You are coming to develop them, so whatever the king is going to tell you here, all the parties here it’s your job to see us alive”, says Mr Alexander Ayata.