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190 people lost their lives in road accidents in Ghana in January 2019 alone
Nii Ntreh|March. 10, 2019
A total of 190 people were killed through road accidents in the calendar month of January 2019 alone, according to Transport minister, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah.
Hundreds of others were also taken with varying degrees of injury.
According to the minister, these accidents were caused as a result of indiscipline among road users by way of excessive speeding, wrongful overtaking, disrespect for traffic signs among others.
Conspicuously missing from the minister's list of accident-causing factors were poor roads and government-licensed vehicles in poor conditions.
Experts have made the point over the years that government cannot be left out in the blame game.
Addressing the media in Accra on Fraday, March 8, 2019, Asiamah expressed confidence that with a concerted effort, road safety in Ghana could be improved drastically.
Ghanaweb.com quoted the minister as saying: “The National Road Safety Commission has been engaged in a lot of advocacy issues, education, awareness creation.
At the moment the Commission is vigorously running four major campaigns and also coordinating activities of engineering, enforcement, education, and emergency response.
Let’s all join and become road safety ambassadors to ensure our roads are safe in order to preserve human lives.”
Meanwhile, an Ethiopian Airlines plane carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members from Addis Ababa has crashed on its way to Nairobi, Kenya.
According to a spokesman, the plane crashed around 08:44 local time on Sunday, March 10, 2019, after taking off at the Bole International Airport six minutes earlier.
According to a statement released by the airline, there is no information on survivors or casualties yet but the New York Times reported that all 157 on board the aircraft have died.
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