We Need a ‘Rigid’ and ‘Radical’ Approach to Curb Impunity on Our Roads – Nana Ofori Owusu

Director of Operations for the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Nana Ofori Owusu has asked government and for that matter leadership to take action in implementing existing laws to reduce road carnage on our roads.

According to him the government and law enforcement agencies must use a “radical approach” to strengthen institutions to ensure that safety is on our roads.

Just as the Dagbon conflict was resolved, Nana Ofori Owusu believes the same way successive governments did their part to ensure that peace prevail in implementing roadmaps outlined by past leadership, similar way, he feels laws binding our road usage must be implemented by current authorities.

“Many drivers can’t even read road signs . . . we have to review our processes and be rough and tough in order to stop the human face system to save our lives,” the aspiring National Chairman of the PPP told Kwami Sefa Kayi during a panel discussion on Peace FM’s ‘kokrokoo’ programme, Monday.

He added that the driving license regime must be reviewed to ensure that drivers get the necessary education and skill to protect lives on our roads.

He said according to statistics, January and February alone this year has accounted for the loss of Four Hundred and Eleven (411) lives through road accidents.

“The solution is not about road markings alone . . . leadership must take action to solve these problems.” 

“People must be punished for the impunity that is going on,” he added.

Black Friday

Thirty-five victims of Friday's fatal accident at Amoma Nkwanta in the Kintampo South District of the Bono East Region who were burnt beyond recognition have been buried in a mass grave at Jema.

The bodies of 20 others who also perished in the accident will be given to their families after the necessary identification has been done.

The accident, which occurred early Friday as a result of a head-on collision between two passenger buses, claimed 57 lives.

Fifty-three other passengers who survived the accident also sustained various injuries.

More than 30 people were feared dead in another fatal accident which occurred at Ekumfi Abor on the Winneba-Cape Coast Highway in the Ekumfi District of the Central Region.

The accident involved a Yutong bus which was travelling from Takoradi to Accra and a Metro Mass Transit bus heading towards Cape coast, Graphic.com.gh reported last Friday.