By Dora Akyaa Asare
The Minister of Roads and Highways, Joe Gidisu, has called on road experts to join in sensitisation efforts aimed at reducing overloading of heavy duty vehicles, and its devastating effect on the roads.
“Overloading of trucks is also a safety issue, as it contributes to the rapid wear and tear and inefficient operation of the vehicles.”
His call was contained in a speech read on his behalf by the Deputy Minister of Roads and Highways, Dr Nii Oakley Quaye Kuma, at the opening ceremony on a two-day workshop on the validation consultancy services for road safety, on the Tema-Paga-Ouagadougou-Bamako corridor in Accra.
The workshop, which was organised by the Ghana Highways Authority, under UEMOA-Ghana, was aimed at improving road infrastructure and transit facilitation along the Tema-Ouagadougou-Bamako transit corridor
He noted that the effective implementation of road safety measures play a paramount role in the desire to enhance the movement of goods, passengers and services within the sub-region.
He stated that the UEMOA-Ghana Road Programme was the New Partnership for African Development’s (NEPAD) first programme in the West African Sub-Region.
Dr. Quaye Kuma further stated that under the road and rest stop works sub-component of the programme, the country would undertake a road safety study on the entire corridor, from Tema through Ouagadougou to Bamako, which includes the production of a Road Safety Improvement frame work report, which explains the nature of the road safety problems existing along the corridor.
He also said that the production of a Road Safety Plan would identify key hazardous or accident-prone locations on the corridor, and also outline interventions and measures for addressing these predominant accident causative factors.