Posted on Friday, 20 September 2013 11:45

No light at the end of the tunnel for Ghana road safety

By Billie Adwoa McTernan

File Photo©ReutersAt least 165 people died on Ghana's roads every month amid concerns of an increase in car accidents caused by negligence.


According to the West African country's Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU), 1,323 people have died in road accidents between January and August this year.

During the same period there were 9,189 reported accidents that involved 14,200 vehicles.

However, the figure was down from last year's 9,531 accidents involving 14,126 cars that saw 1,503 people lose their lives during the same period.

"These preventable incidences occurred as a result of driver intolerance, leaving disabled vehicles on the road without warning devices and reflectors, abuse of road markings and signs, excessive speeding, unlawful overtaking and jaywalking," said MTTU head Angwubutoge Awuni, said in a statement.

Ghana's roads are reportedly in bad state and the government announced last month month that it had stopped awarding contracts for repairs due to a liquidity crunch.

Roads and Highways minister Amin Amidu Sulemani said the government had too many debts and the available money would be used to pay for existing projects.

Association of Road Contractors president Ebow Newton said some government contractors had been waiting for payments of over a year.

He said that the government owed contractors some Ghc400 million.

Some of the projects that have been held up include the 70km Kpando-Worawora-Dambai highway links the Volta Region with the north of the country. The Ghc47.5 million highway was expected to be complete by 2012.

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