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Adaklu MP seeks LEAP Intervention for Dependents of Road Crash victims

Hon Governs Kwame Agbodza, Member of Parliament for Adaklu, has called on government through the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to considered absorbing dependents of victims of the Kintampo and CapeCoast onto the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty(LEAP) programme.

According to the him, the LEAP intervention would in someway bring respite to some of the victims and their dependents who were involved in the twin road crash on Friday March 22, this year.

Mr Agbodza, who is the Ranking Member of Roads and Transport Committee of Parliament, made the call in a statement delivered on the floor of parliament on Tuesday March 26, on the gory accidents which claimed over 60 people.

“Mr. Speaker, in times of these accidents, the socio-economic impacts are often felt beyond the accident victims and sometimes incomprehensible. The education, livelihoods and other socio-economic supports of the dependents of the accidents’ victims often come a naught abruptly,” he said.

He added, “Mr speaker, in sum the rather promising and bright future are stolen from the accident victims and their dependents, arising out of fact that the social welfare system of our country is family- dependent and not robust enough to support the victims as obtained in developed countries.

“Motor insurances that are to ensure that victims cope with the tragedies are often inadequate, as benefit packages do not often cover dependents of the accident victims. Some of the insurance packages, unfortunately, places more emphasis on repairing the damaged car than the victims of the accident.Ghana cannot continue on this trajectory, the situation has to and must change.

“As we await for more sustainable measures to support the victims of the accidents, I would like make a special appeal to the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, to liaise with Minister for Finance to explore the possibilities of absorbing or enrolling some dependents of the victims onto the cash transfer program under Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Initiative, to bring respite to some of the victims and their dependents,” the Adaklu MP said.
Mr Agbodza lwo called on Ghanaians, especially passengers of commercial vehicles to assume responsibility of their safety on the road at ll time and ensure drivers comply with road safety rules when traveling.

“Mr. Speaker, I must also emphasise that the effectiveness of measures or supports of the State to deal with the carnage on our roads is inextricably linked to the consciousness of every Ghanaians to assume responsibility for their own safety.” “Individual passengers must not be mute when the driver of the vehicle they boarded is drunk, over speeding, disregarding traffic regulations or appeared to sleepy. It is not enough for passengers to pray for travel for travel mercies, but they must observe zero-tolerance for reckless driving, and if possible effect citizen’s arrest where drivers toy with their safey,” Mr Agbodza advised.

FULL STATEMENT ON THE FLOOR

STATEMENT ON THE GORY ACCIDENTS WHICH OCCURED ON THE KINTAMPO-TECHIMAN AND CAPE COAST-TAKORADI ROADS ON FRIDAY, 22ND MARCH, 2019 BY HON. KWAMEN AGBODZA, MP AND RANKING MEMBER ON THE COMMITTEE ON ROADS AND TRANSPORT

Mr. Speaker, thank you very much for graciously granting me this opportunity to make a statement on the recent gory accidents that occurred on the Kintampo-Techiman and Accra- Cape Coast roads, a tragedy that shook our beloved country, Ghana.

Mr. Speaker, on Friday, 22nd March, 2019, two buses, a Grandbird with registration number GT 5694-18 traveling from Garu to Kumasi and a VIP bus with registration number GT 3916- 17, which was also travelling from Accra to Bolgatanga collided head-on at a town called Ampoma, a farming settlement along the highway between Tuobodom in the Techiman North District and Jema.

The two buses with a total of one hundred and eight (108) passengers had about seventy- one (71) passengers perished with some survivors who sustained various degrees of injury still battling for their lives at the Government Health facilities near to the accident location. Some of the victims, numbering about thirty-five (35) according to reports, were burnt beyond recognition and had been buried in a mass grave at Jema.

Mr. Speaker, just when many Ghanaians were yet to come to terms with this sad incident, on Saturday, another gory vehicular accident occurred on Although, official investigations into the accident are yet to be concluded and reports published, eye witnesses’ accounts on the possible causes of the both accidents do not depart from what we have already known as the causes of accidents in this country. claiming seven (7) lives and others admitted in nearby health facilities for the treatment of the Cape Coast-Takoradi road, serious injuries.

The reports revealed that both accidents were largely attributable to over speeding, use of the lane of the on-coming vehicle in the opposite direction, indiscipline and some other causes that are yet to be ascertained by our road traffic regulatory and enforcement agencies.

Mr. Speaker, I must say that though the current situation does not indicate a crisis level. But the statistics from the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service on the spate of road accidents for this first quarter of this year, 2019, indicates an upsurge in fatalities; a cause for concern as human lives are irreplaceable.

According to the MTTD, a total of 411 persons were killed and 2,048 were injured through road traffic crashes in Ghana from January to end of February 2019, Mr. Speaker, the Kintampo-Techiman and Cape Coast-Takoradi road accidents are clarion calls for critical and frank re-examination of our road safety management methods and measures to resolve the avoidable injuries and deaths on our road. If the eye witnesses’ accounts are anything to go by, one may not faulted to conclude that this country’s methods and enforcement regimes to tackle the carnage on our roads are not yielding the desired outcomes. In words, it appears this country appears to have kept employing old methods and techniques of ensuring sanity on our roads while expecting different desirable results.

Mr. Speaker, just as with past accidents, one continues to hear measures such as dualising our roads, checking drink driving, having two drivers on long distance buses, providing rest stops along major highways, construction of speed rumps and installation of road traffic signs, among others as the way forward in addressing the carnage.

But these solutions will amount to nothing if our enforcement regime remains lax and with little investments in technology. Ghana needs to complement its traditional methods of managing and regulating road traffic with cutting-edge technologies in enforcement of road traffic regulations.

In the petroleum downstream sector, the National Petroleum Authority has a Bulk Road Vehicle Tracking system that tracks movement of fuel tankers across the country from a central location. While the system checks fuel diversions, it offers a solution to monitor commercial vehicles across the nation if properly adopted.

I urge the National Road Safety Commission, the main regulator, to adapt this system to monitor commercial vehicles that travel long distances, check whether the vehicles actually stop at rest stops, check whether drivers on long distances actually change after the prescribed hours of driving, and speed limits, among others. The Institutions in charge of our roads must be resourced and assisted by the Government with investments in technologies that will facilitate the discharge of their mandate.

Mr. Speaker, in times of these accidents, the socio-economic impacts are often felt beyond the accident victims and sometimes incomprehensible. The education, livelihoods and other socio-economic supports of the dependents of the accidents’ victims often come a naught abruptly.

In sum, the rather promising and bright future are stolen from the accident victims and their dependents, arising out of fact that the social welfare system of our country is family- dependent and not robust enough to support the victims as obtained in developed countries.

Motor insurances that are to ensure that victims cope with the tragedies are often inadequate, as benefit packages do not often cover dependents of the accident victims. Some of the insurance packages, unfortunately, places more emphasis on repairing the damaged car than the victims of the accident. Ghana cannot continue on this trajectory, the situation has to and must change.

As we await for more sustainable measures to support the victims of the accidents, I would like make a special appeal to the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, to liaise with Minister for Finance to explore the possibilities of absorbing or enrolling some dependents of the victims onto the cash transfer program under Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Initiative, to bring respite to some of the victims and their dependents.

Mr. Speaker, I must also emphasise that the effectiveness of measures or supports of the State to deal with the carnage on our roads is inextricably linked to the consciousness of every Ghanaians to assume responsibility for their own safety. Individual passengers must not be mute when the driver of the vehicle they boarded is drunk, over speeding, disregarding traffic regulations or appeared to sleepy.

It is not enough for passengers to pray for travel for travel mercies, but they must observe zero-tolerance for reckless driving, and if possible effect citizen’s arrest where drivers toy with their safey.

Mr. Speaker, I must at this juncture also state that this is not the first time this august House is receiving a statement on road accidents in this country and proffering recommendations to guide road safety management, regulations and enforcement.

All our parliamentary records, perhaps since the dawn of independence including the current fourth Republic are replete with statements on road accidents. But this country has reached a point in history, which this House, the representative body of the good people of Ghana, must begin to say enough is enough, never again should carnage of this proportions should be recorded on our roads.

Mr. Speaker, it will require difficult policy decisions and perhaps this House legislating tougher sanctions to hold vehicle owners and some of regulatory institutions accountable.

However difficult that may appear, for the sake of the future of this great nation of ours, Ghana, we must take the step.

To conclude, I join my fellow Ghanaians to commend our gallant officers and men of the Ghana Police Service and the Ghana National Fire Service for their quick response and also to the health professionals including nurses, laboratory technicians and Doctors for their services to our compatriots who were brought to the Hospitals for emergency health care.

I also extend my sympathy to the victims and their families and to tell them that we share in the grief. It is our prayer that the Almighty God will comfort them and provide their needs.

For the survivors who are in critical conditions in various the hospitals, we wish them speedy recovery and call on all Ghanaians to offer their support in whichever way they could to the victims. I thank you Mr. Speaker for the opportunity, once again and to my colleagues for their attention.

Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba

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