Ghana has been honoured by The United Nations for our contribution to road safety campaigns at the maiden edition of the Kofi Annan Road Safety Award.
The ceremony which has been instituted to award governments that performed well during the United Nations (UN) Decade of Action for Road safety, honoured Ghana with the award of Excellence in the Implementation of the African Road Safety Action Plan.
The Minister for Transport, Hon. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah who took the award on behalf of the Country noted there was the need to minimize the dangers on our roads through the creation of a road safety culture that reinforces proper behaviour, safer road infrastructure and the use of safer vehicles.
He noted that as transport professionals, it was essential to address road crashes proactively since our cities were prone to these crashes and its attendant fatalities and injuries. He reiterated the words of the Late Kofi Annan “Road traffic crashes do not result from fate or destiny, they are products of systems and behaviour, thus must lend themselves to prevention and mitigation”.
He further stated that, considering the fact that road transport continues to remain the dominant mode of transportation, serving as the main vehicle for growth and industrial transformation, it was mostly prone to road traffic crashes and injuries.
“I entreat all of you to put in your best efforts so that we can collectively improve the road safety situation on the African continent”, he mentioned. Hon. Ofori Asiamah stated, road fatalities were avoidable and we should endeavor to help make our roads one of the safest in the world.
The Minister said, it was against this background that the Ministry of Transport through the National Road Safety Authority organizes road safety campaigns such as Arrive Alive, Stay Alive etc, to educate drivers on safe driving and promote best road safety practices among road users and coordinating road safety activities.
Hon Ofori Asiamah was grateful to the UN for the recognition, and called on all African Countries to do their best in reducing road crashes on the continent.
Other countries that won awards on the day, included, Nigeria, South Africa, Namibia and Morocco.