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General News of Tuesday, 26 March 2019


Highway killings: Transport Minister visits Ekumfi accident victims

Minister of Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, has visited victims of the road traffic accident that claimed some lives at Ekumfi in the Central Region.

The accident which occurred on Friday has left many people in a state of shock, prompting a national debate on how to curb similar happenings going forward.

Most victims of the accident are currently on admission at the Winneba Trauma and Specialist Hospital and the St. Luke Catholic Hospital at Apam, all in the Central Region.

Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen Show, Monday, the Minister said he was yet to visit the Kintampo where more than 60 people have died through a similar accident.

“It is a sad situation and we should pray God never allows such a thing to happen to Ghana again but we can clearly see most of the accidents are from human errors,” he noted.

“Is it good for us (Ghana) to have good roads or not? I ask because most of the accidents happen on our good roads and this is because the indiscipline on our roads is too much,” he questioned. However, he urged Ghanaians to take charge of their lives for their own safety and security.

“It is about time the citizenry took the safety and security of their lives into their own hands. We must be able to take responsibility of our own lives. We should be able to caution a driver when he is overtaking or over speeding on the road,” he advised.

“Government can do everything within its power but if we don’t also play our part as citizens, then this menace can never be dealt with because Ghana as a country has a problem with law enforcement,” he added.

Ten people were confirmed dead at Ekumfi Dunkwa in the Ekumfi District of the Central Region in an accident which involved a Metro Mass Transit Bus and a Yutong bus.

About 55 people also lost their lives in an earlier fatal accident near the Kintampo-Techiman highway all on Friday.