Kwazulu-Natal Provincial legisalators visit

A 12-member delegation of the Portfolio Committee on Transport of the Kwazulu-Natal Provincial Legislature of South Africa who were on a one- week study tour to Ghana visited the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) to familiarize with the Commission's activities as part of engagement meetings with stakeholders in the transport sector.

Among the reason for the visit was for the delegation to share experiences on issues relating to legislature that governs the transport sector. It also afforded the delegation the opportunity to meet with stakeholders who are involved in the transport network including the railway systems, road safety programs, integrated public transport system and maintenance funding models that can be adopted for use in South Africa.

Above all, it was intended to create the platform to promote net work between the members of Parliament of Ghana and that of their visiting Southern African counterparts with the aim of deepening relations between the two countries.

To receive the delegation, Ing, Mrs. May Obiri- Yeboah, Executive Director, NRSC acknowledged that the delegation coming to visit the Commission was a good sign in the right direction, adding that the Commission was privileged to be among the selected stakeholders that interacted with the Kwazulu-Natal Provincial Legislators which showed how important they considered safety issues.

According to her, road safety has become a public health concern which as well has become a global phenomenon, a situation that has affected all nations, to this effect which called for the United Nations (UN) Decade of Action for road safety.

She alerted that the Commission also has in its plans to undertake a tour to South Africa sometime within this year should all things work out good.

In response, the head of the delegation who also happens to be the chairman, Hon. N. N. Sibhidla-Sapheha said they had so far visited with the Ministry of Transport, the Parliament House to meet with their fellow honourable members and other stakeholders including the NRSC.

According to her, their main focus in the country was to study about the good safety practices and mechanisms in the maritime, aviation and road transport sector.

Hon. Sibhildla-Sapheha said if the delegation was able to identify some areas of interest, they will forward it to their Honourable House and it will be taken from there should the need be for possible collaborations between the two countries.

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