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Emotions high in parliament as Garu MP remember Accident Victims

As MPs crowded into the Chamber on Friday morning, jostling one another on the golden chairs, the hubbub grew ever louder, drowning the words of the Speaker after prayers and corrections of Minutes. But when the Member of Parliament (MP) for Garu, Albert Akuka Alalzuuga, was called upon to make a statement on Friday’s March 22, 2019, car accident on the Tamale -Kintampo Highway, a great hush fell in an instant, and they rose in silence.
Earlier, parliament observed a minute’s silence for the victims, including the Cape Coast Highway victims, who were also crashed to death on the same day when they were returning from Takoradi in the Western Region.
“Most grateful Mr. Speaker for granting me the opportunity to pay tribute to the victims of the recent Kintampo-Techiman highway accident which occurred on Friday, 22nd March 2019.
“Mr. Speaker, one of the roles I never anticipated having, and hoped never to have, is to voice the grief of a nation. But today here I come in between sorrow, pain, and tears paying tribute to Over Seventy (70) active Ghanaians who met their unexpected and untimely death,” Albert Akuka said.
The Garu lawmaker gave an account of the accidents, the surviving victims and the dependents of the deceased victims as it had unfolded, stating, “The accident is a kick in the gut! The victims, who are mostly breadwinners; left behind dependent relatives in sorrow, pain, and struggle.”
” Mr. Robert Kugri, a twenty-nine (29) year old and a fresh trained teacher from University of Cape Coast, met his untimely death while returning to take his licensure examination and left behind a six-month pregnant wife and a child. There are many other similar cases like Mr. Robert Kugri’s.
“The aged who would have been enjoying a well-earned rest from a lifetime of toil will now shoulder the responsibility of providing for their orphaned grandchildren. The affected are wedged into trauma and the margin of survival is narrow. Certainly, the future is bleak for these affected kids and their grandparents if no support is given to them.”
“Mr. Speaker, reflecting on the carnage on our roads, makes my heart bleeds; fatal accidents recurring, cutting lives short, some left with life-time deformities; costing the nation dearly socio-economically. We are heading towards a nation of despair if we fail to act quickly,” the MP said with his voice trembling.

Mr Akuka however called for support to the families of the deceased, especially the affected children and further suggested that Government institute a compensation package for the so many orphans left behind as a result of the accident to avoid adding more street children to our streets.
He also called for policy that would make commercial vehicles, especially long distance vehicles have proper passenger records with details of passengers so in the event of any eventuality details of the victims could be known.
Many of the MPs who contributed on the tribute statement called for strict adherent to the road safety regulation and enforcement to minimise the carnage on the roads.
The Speaker of parliament, Prof Mike Oquaye referred the tribute to theTransport and Roads Committee to be inculcated in earlier statement on accident and report the House.

Mass grave for deceased victims

FULL STATEMENT

TRIBUTE TO THE VICTIMS OF THE KINTAMPO-TAMALE HIGHWAY ACCIDENT BY HON. ALALZUUGAH ALBERT AKUKA
Most grateful Mr. Speaker for granting me the opportunity to pay tribute to the victims of the recent Kintampo-Techiman highway accident which occurred on Friday, 22nd March 2019.
Mr. Speaker, one of the roles I never anticipated having, and hoped never to have, is to voice the grief of a nation. But today here I come in between sorrow, pain, and tears paying tribute to Over Seventy (70) active Ghanaians who met their unexpected and untimely death.
Over Seventy (70) young energetic Ghanaians crashed dead in minutes in a gory accident on the Kintampo Tamale highway; Shivers down my spine; a dark Friday, where a simple act of travelling turned into a Journey of no return; our brothers, daughters, fathers, mothers, and children, little did you know Friday, March 22, 2019 was your last day on planet earth.
You occupied central places in our lives but where you used to be, is now a hole in the world “If tears could build a stairway and memories lane, I would walk right up and bring you home”. Such a great loss to our nation; Friday, March 22 will forever be a day imprinted in our collective memories; you will forever be in our hearts. Journey in the light and spirit of the creator.
Mr. Speaker, Garu, my Constituency was shot in the leg when Sixty (60) active persons left the district on board the Kumasi bound commercial vehicle late Thursday but only eleven (11) returned so far confirmed as alive, some with lifetime injuries and the remaining forty-nine (49) are no more.
Most of the victims who are cocoa farmers travelled home to perform funerals of their loved ones, as is the practice during the dry season and were returning to their cocoa farms down South, whiles others were teachers, traders and students travelling to Kumasi for business and other transaction but their optimism turned so quickly into dissolutions, their lives cut short, dreams shut, hopes and aspirations dashed
Mr. Speaker, death should not be a journey to the grave in pieces but should be a safe journey in a pretty and well-preserved body to the maker. Life is the most precious gift God has given us. It is heart-breaking to see fellow human end up in shatters, in splits and burnt beyond recognition in a simple act of travel.
The accident is a kick in the gut! The victims, who are mostly breadwinners; left behind dependent relatives in sorrow, pain, and struggle. Mr. Robert Kugri, a twenty-nine (29) year old and a fresh trained teacher from University of Cape Coast, met his untimely death while returning to take his licensure examination and left behind a six-month pregnant wife and a child. There are many other similar cases like Mr. Robert Kugri’s.
The aged who would have been enjoying a well-earned rest from a lifetime of toil will now shoulder the responsibility of providing for their orphaned grandchildren. The affected are wedged into trauma and the margin of survival is narrow. Certainly, the future is bleak for these affected kids and their grandparents if no support is given to them.
Mr. Speaker, reflecting on the carnage on our roads, makes my heart bleeds; fatal accidents recurring, cutting lives short, some left with life-time deformities; costing the nation dearly socio-economically. We are heading towards a nation of despair if we fail to act quickly.
Statistics put together by the national road safety commission states that, from 1991 to 2018, forty-six thousand, two hundred and eighty-four (46, 284) persons died through accidents, a total of four hundred and nineteen (419) persons were killed between January 1 and February 31, 2019 and over seventy (70) persons died in a single day, on March 22, 2019, according to the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the police service.
We are here today because of the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who could have known better, and the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered. John Wooden, a renowned Writer says that the greatest failure of all is the failure to act when action is needed. Where is our workable policy on road safety? An action plan by the inter-ministerial committee on road safety was approved in April 2018, but a year on, here we are mourning over Seventy (70) active persons dying in just a day.
Mr. Speaker, we the second arm of government need to act now to at least minimise the carnage on our roads. Let’s walk the talk. We are all at risk as we make travels. What we cannot therefore do, is use these tragedies as one more occasion to turn on one another; that we cannot do as we mourn and discuss this life-threatening issue. Let each of us do so with a good sense of humility.
I want to thank the security services and the army of volunteers who did so much to save so many lives. I can’t imagine the kind of bravery it took them to rescue victims and clear the carnage and wreckage

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