Dep. Minister Of Transport Visits Nrsc
In an effort to familiarize and gather first hand information from Agencies under the Ministry of Transport (MoT), the Deputy Minister, Hon. Daniel Nii Titus Glover visited the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC).
The Deputy Minister undertook a familiarization working tour to the National Road Safety Commission, one of the Agencies under the Ministry to acquaint himself with the Commission's activities.
The Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. Twumasi-Ankrah Selby who was also on the visit said, before the Deputy Minister fully assumes office, embarking on this familiarization tour would help him understand the work of the agencies that implement the Ministry's policies.
The Executive Director of NRSC, Ing. Mrs. May Obiri-Yeboah together with Management and some senior staff of the Commission received the Deputy Minister.
Ing. May Obiri-Yeboah, welcoming the Deputy Minister expressed gratitude for the visit and hoped, that marked the beginning of a smooth working relationship with the Dep. Minister.
She said the NRSC as a Agency under the Ministry, has a relative small staff strength which puts pressure on the Commission's operations, although the Commission strives to perform it mandated task.
She expressed the hope that the visit will open the Dep. Minister up to some of these challenges so that together both the Ministry and the Commission would find better ways of addressing those challenges to ensure an efficient smooth running of the Commission.
Henry Asomani, Planning Officer (PO) with the Planning and Programming Unit (NRSC) doing a presentation on the topic: "Road Safety in Ghana: Progress and Challenges" said, the Commission is currently operating on the National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS III) which is pigged on the United Nations Decade of Action to reduce road traffic crashes and injuries by 50 percent in year 2020.
According to him, the Commission has adopted some strategies to carry its mandate mainly through its advocacy programmes in the area of driver, passenger and pedestrian (focus on school children) led campaigns.
He added that the Commission is partnering other Institutions in the Vehicle Towing Project, spot fines regulations and speed and red light Enforcement Cameras all being ways to enforce the compliance of road safety regulations on our roads.
The Deputy Minister of Transport, Hon. Daniel Nii Titus Glover in response, commended the Executive Director, Management and staff of the Commission for their hard works in ensuring that lives are saved on the roads.
He was of high praise some of the interventions the commission is carrying out particularly the speed camera project which he hoped to check drivers that break road traffic regulations. He however, asked that the projects are properly carried that so that it receives the needed support.
Accompanying the Minister from the Transport Ministry were: the Director. Finance and Administration (F&A), Mr. Emmanuel Num, the Ag. Director, Planning, Programming, Monitoring and Evaluation (PPME), Mrs. Irene Messibah.
On the Commission's side were: the Director, Planning and Programming (P&P), Ing. David Osafo Adonteng, Manager, Human Resource, Ms. Araba Okyne, the Director, Finance and Administration (F&A), Mr. Vincent Adzato Ntem, Head of Communications, Kwame kodauah Atuahene and the Greater Accra Manager, Ms. Catherine Hamilton.
(Communications Officer, NRSC)