ROAD SAFETY ADVOCATES HONOURED BY WARSO

The West Africa Road Safety Organization (WARSO) has conferred Honorary Membership on Daasebre Kwebu Ewusi VII (Paramount Chief of the Abeadze Traditional Area in the Central Region of Ghana), Ing. Noble John Appiah (Managing Director of Metro Mass Transit Ltd.) and Noble Dr. Justice Morkporkpor Yao Amegashie (former Chief Executive Officer, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority - DVLA).

The investiture took place during the WARSO's Executive Committee Meeting on April 10, 2014 at the Miatta Conference Center, Brookfields in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The three Ghanaians were honoured as members of the Organization for their immense contributions to road safety management in Ghana and the West Africa sub-region.

Daasebre Kwebu Ewusi VII is a well-known Road Safety Advocate who is very committed to road safety improvement in his traditional area. Daasebre Ewusi VII founded the Nana Ewusi Road Safety Foundation, which is into the mobilization of funds and other resources for road safety training, advocacy and awareness creation programmes. Through the Foundation, the Chief has significantly helped to increase awareness for best road safety practices in his traditional area and the Central Region in general.

Noble Dr. Justice Amegashie was instrumental in the transformation of the National Road Safety Committee and the Vehicle Examination and Licensing Division into the National Road Safety Commission and Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority respectively as legal entities in 1999 by Acts of Parliament.

During his tenure of office as Chief Executive of the DVLA (2009 – 2013), Noble Dr. Justice Amegashie ensured the establishment of Computer Based Theory (CBT) Test as a means of improving the quality of drivers that are licensed to drive. He also facilitated the development of the regulation for the operations of the Private Vehicle Test Stations (PVTS).

He has several publications to his credit including authorship of Safe Driving Rules of the Road Explained, Safe Driving Simplified, Safe Driving Simplified (with questions and answers), and The Vehicle Owner and the Driver and The Law and Conventions on Road Transport (unpublished manuscript).

Ing. Noble John Appiah, now Managing Diriector of Metro Mass Transit Company Limited has been on the frontline of road safety practice for over 30 years. Until, 2013 he was Executive Director of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) of Ghana for over a decade. During his tenure, Ing. Appiah personified the NRSC as an organization, a product and a service.

He led the process to build the Commission into a very respectable, visible, proactive and data-led public agency with a handful of staff who reflected the vision of the Commission. The National Road Safety Commission of Ghana diligently constructed under his leadership what has become known as the "African and Ghanaian model" at managing Road Safety.

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