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15.10.2008 General News

Transport Sector Vital For Economic Development


The Secretary General of the Ghana Trades Union Congress (TUC), Mr Kofi Asamoah, has stated that the road transport sector is a key strategic sector and the wheels on which the economic development of Ghana depends.

The road transport, he said, facilitiates development in other sectors of the economy, without it the economy will come to a complete halt.

He made this known during the 2008 International Road Transport Action week campaign for stakeholders in Accra yesterday.

According to him, the Road Safety Commission from 1991 to 2006 recorded 154,348 road accidents and 189,090 casualties in the country.
He stated also that it has been estimated that 11,800 casualties occur on our roads each year or 32 casualties a day.

He added that most of the accidents that occur on our roads are preventable with very little effort and with discipline and respect for other road users.

He further stated that the full potential of the road transport sector can only be realised if all stakeholders in the road industry work together to enhance road safety.

The Director of Research of the National Road Safety Commission, Mr David Adonten, said it is the responsibility of all stakeholders in the transport sector to ensure discipline on the roads to avoid carnage.

He urged all drivers and transport operators to ensure regular maintance and care for their vehicles. He also advised drivers to avoid reckless driving and make road safety a priority.