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PAWEL engages stakeholders in Bo

PAWEL engages stakeholders in Bo

Passengers Welfare Organization  Sierra Leone (PAWEL-SL ) on Tuesday, 25th February, 2014 engaged  stakeholders in Bo to deliberate issues as to how they can come together to work to minimize the high rate of accidents in the Southern Region and Bo in particular.

The meeting attracted insurance companies, the Police and members of the Drivers Union and the Bike Riders Union.

In his welcome statement, the Regional Coordinator of PAWEL-SL, Mr. Mustapha Kpaka Jr., expressed thanks and appreciation to the gathering for leaving their busy schedules to attend the all important meeting.

He said the meeting was designed in order to see how they can work concertedly to reduce the rate of road accidents in this part of the country.

Dilating on the purpose of the meeting, the National Deputy Executive Director of PAWEL-SL, Dr. John Gbla pointed out that the issue of road safety is everybody’s concern.

He noted that the meeting was called in order to see how they can sit together and plan the way forward with regards road safety in the Southern Region and the country as a whole.

Dr. Gbla encouraged all present for to be interactive so that they can share ideas and make meaningful suggestions to achieve the objectives of the organization.

He disclosed that 98% of motor bikes are not insured. He called on the executive of the Bike Riders Union to encourage their riders to insure their motor bikes for their own benefit.

The National Deputy Executive Director disclosed that his organization will be working with insurance companies to see how modalities will be put in place for vehicles and motor bikes to be insured.

He however underscored the importance of the meeting as it will pave the way for the suggestions of relevant issues in addressing road safety in Sierra Leone.

Talking about the number of accident cases recorded in the months of January and February this year, Dr. Gbla told his audience that his organization has worked assiduously since the commencement of their operations in Bo in collecting data on a daily bases on the rate of accidents in Bo city.

He thanked all present for honouring their invitation and stressed the need for continuity in subsequent meetings.

Valuable inputs were made by the Local Unit Commander of Bo East Police Station, Mr. Sheku G. Sankoh, the District Traffic Officer Bo West Division, Inspector Mustapha Turay and Madam Fofanah of the Aureol Insurance Company among others.

Suggestions for the way forward from stakeholders formed the high point of the meeting.

By Mohamed Saccoh

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