A 13-member Road Safety Council has been inaugurated in Accra to help minimise road traffic deaths and injuries in the city.
The Council, will be chaired by the Chief Executive Officer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mohammed Adjei Sowah and supported by a Road Safety Management Group which will meet at least eight times a year, following every Council meeting.
Members of the Council include Chief Resilience and Sustainability Advisor of the AMA , as well as representatives from the Ministry of Transport, National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), Ministry of Roads and Highways, Department of Urban Roads ,(DUR) Ghana Highway Authority ( GHA) , Ghana Police Service, Ghana Heath Service (GHS) and the AMA Transport and Planning Departments .
The Mayor of Accra, in his inaugural speech said, the Council would coordinate, ideas, resources and actions from all stakeholders to address road safety in the city adding that the establishment of the Council was occasioned on the principle to establish road safety partnership between the city and other stakeholders to ensure good governance and ownership of road safety.
"To achieve our road safety goals in Accra, we must establish and nourish a road safety partnership between city and national administrations. This required a governance system which brings the AMA, responsible national agencies, and other key partners together to: strategize and agree on the approach and critical interventions that will be delivered, plan to undertake specified times, monitor to ensure that each partner is committed to the cause as they deliver on action plans and evaluate the program and it's progress to improve our efforts," he said.
He pointed out that provisional data from the Motor and Transport and Traffic Division (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service revealed that 92 people in Accra lost their lives in road crashes in 2017 whiles 111 deaths were recorded in 2016.
The data he said calls for urgent and pragmatic measures to reduce the deaths and injuries on the road indicating that, the AMA with support from the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS), had redesigned the lapaz intersection to ensure pedestrian safety, and launched a Pedestrian Action Plan for the city and a Road Safety Strategy which has given birth to the Council.
Mayor Adjei Sowah expressed his appreciation to members of the Council for accepting to be part of a vision to make Accra as safe, smart, sustainable and resilient modern city and urged them to be committed towards the course.
The Mayor also used the occasion to express his condolence to the families of victims of Techiman-Kintampo Highway road crash which claimed over 50 lives.
"May the souls of the departed rest in perfect peace. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of all the deceased; accept our condolences and may the good Lord Comfort your hearts for this great loss” he said.
Mr Desmond Appiah, Chief Resilience and Sustainability Adviser to the Mayor of Accra disclosed that the terms of references of the Council are to oversee the implementation of the Accra Road Safety Strategy 2018-2030 and any related or subsequent road safety plans and strategies, provide oversight of each member agency's commitments to the realization of Accra's road safety strategy, review progress, and lead achievement of Accra's road safety targets.
The Council he said would be responsible for the exchange of information about significant safety activities within their respective organisations and current safety issues in Accra, review of most recent results and data regarding road fatalities and serious injuries in Accra, as well as considering and approving an Accra Annual Road Safety Plan before the beginning of each financial year.