Regional News of Monday, 2 June 2014
The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Agona East Constituency in the Central Region, Mrs Queenstar Maame Pokuah Sawyerr, has embarked on a road safety campaign to prevent the knockdown of schoolchildren by vehicles.
The project, dubbed “Life First’’, is aimed at protecting the lives of schoolchildren who cross some major roads in the area before getting to school.
Per the project, a box with a ‘stop’ sign is placed at both sides of the road. When the schoolchildren get to the roadside, all that they do is to lift the ‘stop’ sign and show it to the driver of a vehicle which is approaching.
The driver, upon seeing the sign, would stop for the pupils to cross the road before continuing his journey.
The district, in recent past, has recorded cases where pupils who were crossing the streets were knocked down by vehicles, leading to the death of some of them with others sustaining varying degrees of injuries.
The beneficiary towns are Suromanya, Agona Duakwa, Mankrong Junction, Kortokoli Zongo and Swedru International School (SWIS) junction.
Mrs Sawyerr, who is also the Deputy Central Regional Minister, told the Daily Graphic in an interview when she visited the communities to educate the pupils about the project that her intervention was to save the lives of pupils who had to cross major roads within the area before reaching school.
She stated that the cause of such accidents was due to the absence of speed humps on such roads and that the campaign was to ensure that the carnage on the roads in the beneficiary communities was reduced or eliminated, if possible.
She explained that as the MP for the area, she was committed to the safety of her constituents, particularly schoolchildren, stressing that the move was to ensure that the area, and for that matter Ghana, was not deprived of talents that would help to develop the country in future.
She advised the pupils to make good use of the facility to save their lives so they could stay in school to realise their dreams and aspirations.