First National Road Safety Coordinating Committee Commissioned
As part of programmes marking the 7th Africa Road Safety Week, the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA) in Collaboration with the Ministry of Transport & Aviation (MTA) has commissioned the first National Road Safety Coordinating Committee in Sierra Leone with the theme:”Roads Have Stories”.
This all important event was witnessed by various high government dignitaries including the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, international partners, NGOs, Sierra Leone Drivers Union, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Sierra Leone Police (SLP), the Media and relevant stakeholders among other key players in the road safety management at the SLRSA head office at Kissy Road on the 12th November 2018.
Delivering statement at the opening ceremony, the Government Consultant Pathologist, Dr. Simeon Owizz Koroma elaborated on Post crash response which is the pillar five in road safety management.
“We must learn to prevent disaster with maximum education and awareness raising”, he told listeners and spoke on the important for SLRSA to implement or enforce any law that has to do with road safety with no compromise. He pointed out that with collaboration, road safety could be achieved and stressed that 25% deaths in Sierra Leone due to road accidents. “I will champion all public lectures in road safety for the purpose of saving lives”, Dr. Koroma assured.
The Pathologist stated that people die unnecessarily in road crashes as a result of lack of sensitization on the positive use of the road and maintained that surveillance activities are very key in road safety management.
He spoke about the importance to create a single line which everybody could reach.
In his keynote address, the Minister of Works & Country Planning, representing His Excellency, President Julius Maada Bio, Raymond De-Souza George said government is committed towards improving roads in order to promote road safety campaigns across the country.
He noted that SLRSA would continue to join the rest of the world in addressing road safety issues with diplomatic approach noting that all policies would be redefined adequately with key legislations
In his statement, the Minister of Transport and Aviation, Brima Kebbie who was represented by his Deputy expressed happiness to be part of the occasion adding that there are still challenges on our roads that required key attention.
He described the occasion as part of the many activities to celebrate this year’s Africa Road Safety Week celebration and spoke on the need for continuous maximum education and awareness raising on road safety precautions.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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