YAA-NAA CALLS FOR SAFETY OFFICERS TOWARDS DECEMBER ELECTION

YAA-NAA CALLS FOR SAFETY OFFICERS TOWARDS DECEMBER ELECTION

The overlord of Dagbon Traditional area, Yaa-Naa Abubakari Mahama who doubles as a road safety advocate has recourse to political leaders to appoint road safety officers who will ensure their supporters adhere to road safety regulations during during this year’s electioneering campaigns and rallies.

The overlord made this call in Yendi, when he launched a road safety campaign to safeguard lives ahead of the December elections since the campaign season has been identified as major period for indiscipline on the road.

In a speech to address political leaders, Yaa-Naa expressed concern over the numerous number of deaths and injuries through accidents that occurs during political campaigns in election years.

The overlord says, the high level of impunity on the road by motor riders especially during election years which often lead to road crashes and loss of lives should not be allowed this year.

He therefore entreat to political parties who obtain motorbikes for their followers to ensure they use crash helmets, avoid overloading, reckless riding of motorbikes  and be disciplined on the road.

‘As a road safety advocate, I wish to advise motor riders to as a matter of urgency, to use crash helmets and respect road traffic regulations. The impunity with which some motor riders behave is a worry that requires urgent attention from the police (MTTD) before the situation gets out of hands. I’ll further want to advocate that all political parties will appoint road safety officers for every political activity and such persons shall ensure that people abide by all road safety regulations for our collective good.’ He said.

The rate of accidents in the region remains high. Statistics from the National Road Safety Authority indicates that in 2019, a total of 270 traffic cases were reported involving a total of 169 vehicles and motorcycles resulting in 125 deaths and 664 injuries in the Northern Region of Ghana

In a statement, the Northern Regional Director for National Road Safety Authority, Mr. Alexander Ayata called for a collective effort from political parties and all road users to help prevent needless deaths. He noted that, “until we all arrive alive by doing the right thing, let us wear our road safety COAT which means Concentration, Observation, Anticipation, and tolerating other road users.”

As part of the campaign, the secretary to the palace, on behalf of Yaa-Naa Abubakari Mahama presented crash helmets to political parties and road safety educational books to Primary and Junior High Schools in the Northern Region.

The event saw participants from some political parties, Directors from the National Road Safety Authority, the Ghana Education Service (GES), Party Youth Organizers, among others.

                                                                                                  From the Communication Unit,

                                                                                                   NRSA.

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