Ministry, SLRTA Brace For WARSO Conference
The Ministry of Transport and Aviation in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Road Transport Authority (SLRTA) will from 7th to 11th April, 2014 host the West Africa Road Safety Organization (WARSO) Conference at the Bintumani Hotel Aberdeen and Miatta Conference Halls, respectively.
On the Theme: ‘Achieving the Africa Action Plan on Road Safety through Intraregional Participation’.
SLRTA Public Relations Officer, Abdul Karim Dumbuya told this medium that the significance of the conference is to assess and provide remedy on road safety in the country.
He said representatives from all ECOWAS Member States and others in the sub-region including ; Zambia, Namibia among others and development partners like the World Bank, World Health Organization (WHO), the African Development Bank (ADB) will graced the conference.
Abdul Karim Dumbuya further stated that this is the second WARSO conference Sierra Leone is hosting stating that Sierra Leone is a founding Member State.
He recalled that the authority on Tuesday 18th March, 2014 organized a working lunch showcasing its work particularly that of taking the lead to promote road safety and as well informed stakeholders and partners about the West Africa Road Safety Organization (WARSO) Conference.
PRO Dumbuya reiterated stated that the Authority is taking the lead to promote road safety adding, “indeed, together we can save lives through the use of safe vehicles, safe roads and unfettered respect to adherence to all transport laws and regulations enacted by Parliament.”
He reiterated that road safety requires multi-sectoral participation stressing, “as an Authority responsible for the promotion of road safety, we are appealing to other stakeholders to support us in this venture as we are all vulnerable to road accidents with all of us having lost staff members, colleagues and loved ones through road accidents, a trend that must not continue.”
He noted that the Authority has developed the National Road Safety Strategy but needs $15,000,000 annually to implement its activities stating that SLRTA established in 1996 by an Act of Parliament, is the sole regulatory body for the road transport sector in the country and underlined that it would contribute to the country’s economic development.
By Abdul R. Bedor Kamara
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