Ghana losses 1.7 per cent GDP to road accidents

Ghana losses 1.7 per cent GDP to road accidents

Nana Amihere, a road safety expert, says road carnage is making Ghana lose 1.7 per cent of its annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The money the c

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Nana Amihere, a road safety expert, says road carnage is making Ghana lose 1.7 per cent of its annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The money the country is losing annually as a result of recklessness on the part of motorists, he said, is enough to turn around the economy.

Nana Amihere blamed the high rate of road accidents on parliamentarians who have, since 2012, failed to get a legislation enforced to regulate the operations of transporters and drivers.

He roped in the media who are only loud in discussing such tragedies and after a couple of days, call it a day until a similar disaster hits the country.

Sounding very pensive, Nana Amihere said the country is losing a lot of its citizenry to avoidable road crashes, and wondered whether government is serious to get the legislation that has been gathering dust enforced as soon as possible to make Ghana’s roads safe for commuters.

Describing last Friday’s Kintampo deadly accident, which claimed 60 lives, as one that could have been avoided, Nana Amihere observed that some transporters were over-working their drivers, as a result, fatigue is weakening most of them to drive passengers to death.

“The 2012 legislation has spelt out all these, including the need to get long buses have two doors which can be operated by passengers. Most of these long journey luxury buses have only one door which is operated by the driver. In such cases, what can a passenger do when there is imminent disaster?” he posed.

By: Umar Sheriff/awakenewsonline.com