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Road accidents, a national security issue; Police to soon go after ‘Okada’ operators – Interior Minister

The Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery says that accidents on our roads are becoming a national security issue for government.

He revealed that the government has formed an inter-ministerial committee which includes the Minister of Roads and Highways, Minister of Transport, Minister of Communication, and Minister of Finance chaired by him to find ways of dealing with carnage on the roads.

“We are taking it [road accidents] very seriously. There are certain areas that the roads are bad and notorious for accidents, we are going to find out what it is and that’s why it is a multi-sectoral matter,” he stated.

The Minister also revealed that the police will soon go after Okada operators which he explains are operating illegally because Ghanaian laws does not recognize operating motor cycles for commercial purposes.

The Nandom legislator spoke on the sidelines of a National Police Command Conference at the Royal Senchi Hotel in Akosombo on Wednesday.

“One of the most trouble ones remain the motor riders and very soon the police will go after them. We do not support commercial motor passenger services.

“And sometimes these motor riders think they are above the law, and sometimes you’re at the traffic light, the light is red, every other vehicle stops and they come to cross. Let me tell all concerned that no lives lost will be allowed to go.”

The use of motorbikes for commercial purposes became a big issue in the lead-up to the 2020 general election.

Whist the 2020 National Democratic Congress flagbearer promised to legalize the business of Okada, the governing New Patriotic Party promised, according to Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, to provide vehicles for Okada riders.

The Minister is, meanwhile, assuring that the police will go after road traffic offenders.

Between January and April this year, more than 700 people lost their lives in road accidents.

source : ghnewsfile

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