A former Director of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), Mr. Thomas Bismarck Boakye, says citizens of Ghana must put a stop to the habit of pardoning irresponsible leaders and drag them before the courts for superintending over the construction of bad roads, bridges, and buildings.
According to the former Director, politicians or people responsible for making sure things are done right in the country tend to be irresponsible because citizens fail to hold them accountable for their actions and inactions.
Speaking on Kumasi based radio station MyNewsGh.com monitored, Mr. Boakye noted that, it is about time Ghanaians take agencies that are not performing to satisfaction to court for them to explain.
“We need to sue them” he stressed.
The former Director’s comments come after protestors of Adenta and Madina in Accra took to the streets to agitate about the neglect of footbridges on the main highways which has led to several pedestrian knockdowns with the latest being last week where an 18-years student of West Africa Senior High School was killed while crossing the road.
According to residents, this year alone has recorded about 194 deaths with several injuries but authorities look on unconcerned despite several agitations
But he is of the opinion that taking legal action against those in authority is one of the ways in ending irresponsibility on the part of Ghanaian leaders.
“Sue people responsible for road accidents in the country. Whether the policeman or road safety officers, but nobody has done it in Ghana” he added.
“All that Ghanaians have been saying is give it to God. Yet if we have sued somebody responsible for road accident, like the contractors who do shoddy work on road, things would have changed”, he noted.
Mr. Boakye argued that such things are happening because citizens are not taking any action, adding that the failure to sue them will allow politicians to take citizens for granted.
“ When we take certain actions, people will sit up and do things right”, he urged.
He also explained that, in suing officials, those who award road contracts, policemen who fail to check safety measures on vehicles, must all face the court to bring sanity on the roads.
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