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NEW NRSC BOARD MEMBERS INAUGURATED

... Compiled by: Samuel Owusu-Yeboah (Information Officer, NRSC Communications Unit)

The Ministry of Transport has submitted a proposal to cabinet seeking to empower the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), to enforce road safety regulations.

This would boost the Commission with the requisite powers to enable it carry it activities effectively and increase its capacity to enforce its laws and regulations.

The Minister of Transport, Hon. Kweku Ofori Asiamah who made this known, added that the road safety situation in the country was worsening partly due to the fact that the Commission currently lacked the capacity to enforce the laws.

Inaugurating a 20- member Board of Directors for the Commission at a ceremony in Accra, the Minister expressed the hope that the proposal, when accepted, would help reduce road carnages.

Hon. Asiamah said in line with the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety, the Commission developed a National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS III) and an Action Plan which aimed at a 50 per cent reduction in fatalities and serious injuries by the year 2020.

"However, the risk to road traffic deaths and injuries is real and very close to us all. On daily basis, about six persons die as a result of road traffic crash," Hon. Asiamah said, attributing the causes partially to the Commission's limited powers.

He said provisional statistics on road crashes for the year was alarming, and expressed worry that apart from human element in the crashes, road conditions to the state of vehicles were often disregarded.

He charged the Board and the Commission to collaborate with other institutions and solicit support towards the continuous improvement in the road infrastructure and vehicles to safeguard lives.

He cautioned the Commission against usurping the role of management of the commission and advised them against reporting any matter to any higher authority without first consulting the Ministry.

On his part, the Executive Chairman of the State Enterprises Commission, Hon. Stephen Asamoah Boateng touched on the National Towing levy and charged the Board to help find innovative ways to remove broken down vehicles from roads.

Rev. Ismala Hasmilttson Awudu, Chairman of the Board, on behalf of the members, expressed gratitude to the President of the Republic of Ghana for the confidence reposed in them.

He pledged their commitment to address all issues relating to the Commission especially the increasing rate of road traffic crashes and the impasse on the National towing levy.

Members of the Board include Hajia Halima Yakubu, Mr. Inusah Shirazu, Prof. Ahmed Nuhu Zakariah, Mrs. Dora Darkwa Mensah, Mr. Joseph Nobel Tetteh, Mrs. Dorothy Afriyie-Ansah, Mr. Maxwell Sakipasgo Atingae, Mr. Alexander Kweku Krah, George Baffour Owusu Afriyie and Ing. Mrs. May Obiri Yeboah, Executive Director of NRSC.

The rest are Lt. Col. George Kobina Wilson, Mr. Oliver Bio, Rev. Erasmus Amankwah Addo, Mr. George Fausta Baffoe, Mr. David Kwesi Agyeman, Mr. Francis Kwaku Afukaar, Mr. Kwesi Agyemang Busia, Mr. Victor Obeng-Adiyiah and Mr. Kwadwo Tuffour

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