Nana Osei-Bonsu, Registrar, Ghana School of Law, has urged organisations and individuals to partner the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) to address road safety issues in the country.
“Groups and organisations must support the NRSC to address the problem of road carnage, which is robbing us of our families and friends”, he added.
Mr. Osei-Bonsu made the appeal in Accra yesterday when he swore-in the Trustees of Street Sense Organisation Ghana, a road safety advocacy Non-governmental Organisation (NGO).
The trustees are to ensure successful implementation of activities, planned by the organisation to promote road safety in the country.
The Registrar urged the trustees to work in unison to help Street Sense achieve its intended purpose.
According to Mr. Osei-Bonsu, the swearing-in was required to legalise the existence of the organisation.
To ensure the 11-member board was well-endowed with expertise from various fields of study, the members included lawyers, educationists, architects, security personnel, clergy among others.
Speaking on behalf of his fellow trustees, Mr. Samson Oddoye, pledged the commitment of the team to work assiduously to realise the objectives of the organisation.
“We are ready to put in the hardwork to bring sanity on the roads to minimise road carnage”, he said adding that road safety could only be achieved through a collective effort from stakeholders and users.
He called on the public to join in the organisation’s campaign to educate, increase awareness and empower people to bring about sanity on our roads.
Recounting the reasons for the establishment of Street Sense Organisation, Mr. Oswald Lavoe, Executive Director and surviving victim of a fatal accident some years ago, said the organisation aims to conduct research on pressing road safety related issues and advise the government, through the NRSC on policy directions and initiatives.
To ensure the observance of road rules and regulations, Mr. Lavoe said the organisation would educate road users, motorists and pedestrians to know their rights and responsibilities and prohibitive information and directional signs.
He stressed the commitment of Street Sense to assist vulnerable accident victims to recuperate and partner the Ghana Highway Authority in redeploying and installing signs on roads in the country.
He encouraged the public to join the group’s campaign of growing trees along roads and called for volunteerism to promote road safety.
By Claude Nyarko Adams & Antoinette Deku