Stories from Isaac Akwetey-Okunor, Koforidua
The Eastern Regional Minister, Eric Kwakye Darfour, has called on all stakeholders in the transport sector to come together and fight the problems associated with road accidents.
Speaking at the mid-year review of the transport ministry in Koforidua, the Minister stated that road accidents have been on the increase since the beginning of the year, with the Eastern Region leading the statistics released by the National Road Safety Commission as at now.
He, therefore, calling on all stakeholders, as well as other partners, to put in their best in ensuring road accidents are reduced to the minimum, as well as fashioning out modern approaches to help in the fight against the canker, as lots of people have died through its occurrence.
The three-day programme has in attendance the Parliamentary Select Committee on Transport, chiefs and deputy directors at the Transport Ministry, stakeholders, officers from the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Police Service, as well as the media.
He also revealed that statistics show six persons lose their lives daily through road accidents due to the actions of road users, which can be prevented if proper policies and approaches are adopted by stakeholders.
On his part, the Minister for Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, indicated that his outfit would strategise with major stakeholders to save lives and properties on the various roads in the country.
He believes the outcome of it will address the challenges in the transport sector.
“The creative and innovative ways adopted by our public institutions will deal holistically with the challenges confronting the transport sector, and effectively collaborate with other stakeholders for an improved service delivery,” he disclosed at Koforidua during the mid-year review of the ministry.
According to Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, public institutions should explore more creative and innovative ways to sustain our economy.
Speaking at the conference, he indicated that there is increasing demand on public resources, goods and services, with limited resources to meet the needs.
He, therefore, called on managers of public institutions to use innovative and cost-effective ways to manage the resources made available to them.
In an earlier interview with a Koforidua local radio station, Bryt FM, the Eastern Regional head of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) confirmed that the Region was leading the chart, but pledged to do his best to avert the current ranking by putting down pragmatic measures with the help of stakeholders.