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Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Information Minister, says it is Government’s major priority to reduce the carnage on the roads through reviewing the road traffic regulation to address the challenge.

It would also incorporate innovative approaches in managing road transport services.

The Minister said it was on that basis that the agencies such as the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) and the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service continued to receive support from the Central Government to address road safety issues and tackle major factors that contributed to road crashes.

Mr Oppong Nkrumah, who said this at a media encounter in Accra on Sunday, called for scaling up of road safety education and sensitisation to ensure compliance to road safety measures, procedures and policies, adding that the NRSC had already been active in that drive.

He reiterated Government’s sympathy for the families whose relatives lost their lives in last Friday’s tragic motor accidents on the Techiman-Kintampo and Cape Coast-Takoradi highways, which claimed over 60 lives.

He announced that government had decided to underwrite the treatment costs of the injured persons.

Mr Oppong Nkrumah said President Akufo-Addo had tasked the Police Administration, which is authorised to regulate road traffic, to speedily implement the recommendations of the Inter-Ministerial Committee set up last year to propose ways to deal with the carnage on the roads.

Meanwhile, Mrs May Obiri-Yeboah, the Executive Director of the NRSC, has expressed worry about the upsurge of road crashes leading to needless deaths, claiming about 411 lives while 2,048 got injured between January and February, this year.
Source: GNA

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