Mr Gabby Adu Gyamfi, a former National Road Safety Ambassador, has implored the government to tackle road accidents with the urgency it applied to fight illegal mining activities popularly known as ‘galamsey’.
Mr Gyamfi said road accidents have been the second-highest cause of deaths in Ghana apart from malaria but successive governments have done little to ensure its reduction.
He recalled that 12,153 people were killed by road accidents between 2013 and 2018 while 58,428 were seriously injured.
Mr Gyamfi was commenting on the Kintampo road accident that killed 57 people and injured dozens on The Hot Platform Show, on Kumasi 104.1FM on Saturday, 23 March 2019.
He said the government rolled out ‘Operation Calm Life’ to fight robberies and ‘Operation Cow Leg’ to tackle challenges posed by nomadic Fulani herdsmen, and ‘Operation Vanguard’ to deal with illegal mining but little attention has been given to fighting road accidents.
In March 2016, he recalled, 72 people were killed on the same Kintampo stretch.
He told show host Obaa Adwoa Nelson Aweh that the Director of the Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD), the Transport Minister and the Minister of Roads and Highways would have resigned if the accident occurred in any other country.
He said Ghana’s leaders, including all the former presidents, have failed Ghanaians in fighting road accidents and called on the government to implement the necessary steps, including intensifying public education, to help reduce the carnage.