The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) through the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Digitalisation has organised a regional sensitisation workshop on the implementation of the new ECOWAS Road Safety Policy, Action Plan to reduce road accidents across the continent.
Speaking at the event, ECOWAS Commissioner for Infrastructure, Energy and Digitalisation, Mr. Sediko Douka said “The main objective of the workshop is to seek the buy-in of Member States, Stakeholders and Partners on the newly approved Regional Road Safety Policy, Charter, and its Action Plan.
He explained that the intention is to bring all hands-on deck as we fight together and better coordinate actions towards the reduction of fatalities on our national and regional road corridors.
He added that “this is also intended to provide an ECOWAS’ response to the United Nations Second Decade of Action for Road Safety with the global goal to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries by at least 50 per cent by 2030. At the end of the day, we will agree on workable modalities to satisfactorily accomplish the interventions in our Action Plan within the stated timeframes, taking due cognisance of our strengths, opportunities, and any envisaged threats.
In his remarks, Republic of Ghana’s Minister of Transport, Honourable Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, recalled the efforts made to prepare a harmonised Road Safety Policy and Charter for the sub-region noting that an opportunity to collectively agree on the implementation timelines of the Action Plan to operationalise the Policy & Charter as well as agree on modalities for the implementation by all the stakeholders is being presented by stakeholders through this workshop.
He said “For us in Ghana, we are being guided by the fact that safer and efficient mobility systems have direct impact on our national economies. For this very reason, we remain committed to the promotion of road safety in the country. We have strengthened the capacity of our lead road safety agency with an enhanced mandate to ensure institutional compliance to road safety standards with a provision to sanction non-compliance.
“We are also reviewing our Road Traffic Act and Regulations to reflect changes and emerging trends in the road transport industry. In addition, Ghana has developed its 3rd Strategy for road safety management dubbed the National Road Safety Strategy IV (2021- 2030). This Strategy is in line with the UN 2nd Decade of Action for Road Safety which has the goal of reducing fatalities and injuries by 50% by the end of 2030,” he added.