NRSC urges Police to use ICT to check speeding

Accra, The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) Monday marked the West Africa Road Safety Organisation (WARSO) Day with a call on the law enforcement agencies to adopt information and communication technology and use of speed cameras to check speeding on the road.

Mrs May Obiri-Yeboah, Executive Director of the NRSC, addressing the media in Accra, said 60 percent of all road fatalities were as a result of senseless speeding on the road and, therefore, called for collective efforts by all stakeholders to curb the menace.

She urged motorists to comply with the road safety rules and regulations in order to save precious lives and property.

She advised pedestrians to use footbridges constructed on strategic locations and walk along the roads while facing oncoming traffic to avoid pedestrian knockdowns.

Mrs Obiri-Yeboah cautioned Ghanaians to avoid misusing Lollipop Stands intended to assist the public to cross the roads safely and thus, cited instances where some of them had been filled with rubbish while others had been broken down.

Explaining the importance of WARSO and activities earmarked for the Day, Mrs Obiri-Yeboah said the Day was established on 8th May, 2008 under the auspices of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to promote and reinforce road safety activities and practices in West Africa through effective management of road safety and traffic matters with the view to drastically reduce road traffic crashes.

In view of this, she said, May 8 of every year had been set aside by WARSO to be observed by member countries to celebrate the anniversary and inauguration of the Association.

According to her, the Commission decided to peg the celebration to the United Nations Global Road Safety Week, being driven on the slogan Save Lives: # Slow Down to increase understanding of the dangers of speed and generate action on measures to address speed and save lives.

Mr David Osafo Adonteng, the Director of Planning and Programming, NRSC, said the UN Global Road Safety Week comes off from the 8th -14th May, 2017, therefore, Ghana being part of the UN and an implementing country of the UN Decade of Action, would also be observing the week with intensive education on road safety and the need to avoid speeding.

He said road safety was a shared and collective responsibility and urged all stakeholders to put their resources together to fight speeding.

The NRSC has selected the Accra-Winneba-Mankessim-Cape Coast Road for intensive road safety education campaign and traffic enforcement during the period.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana acknowledges May 10 as World Lupus Day

Accra, The Rheumatology Initiative Ghana (tRi), says the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Gender and Social protection has jointly proclaimed May 10 as World Lupus Day in Ghana, joining many other nations globally in doing so.

This was done in collaboration with (tRi), the forefront organisation leading the charge to research, raise awareness about autoimmune conditions and Lupus in Ghana and also support people diagnosed with these conditions and the Oyemam Autoimmune Foundation.

A statement issued by the Group said representing tRi were members of the Global Lupus Outstanding Warriors (GLOW) a subgroup of tRi with specific focus on Lupus.

The statement said Its leader, Ms Angela Berkoh, spoke extensively about her life with the autoimmune disorder and its daily struggles including the high cost of medication and the general public aversion to people with the condition.

Ms Berkoh said this was as a result of ignorance, as a lack of awareness to the condition.

She said none of the medications and treatments were on the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

The Statement said, Mr Kingsley Aboagye Gyedu, Deputy Minister of Health, while acknowledging the high rate of ignorance about these conditions, expressed his willingness to ensure a lot more education and focus is placed on these conditions.

Other dignitaries present were the deputy Ministers of health, Mrs Tina Mensah, Deputy Minister of Gender Gifty Twum Ampofo and the Chief Director of MOH Dr Afisah Zackariah.

Lupus is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years.

World Lupus Day is commemorated on May 10 every year across many countries. 2017 marks the 14th annual observance of World Lupus Day.

The day serves to call attention to the impact that lupus has on people around the world.

The annual observance focuses on the need for improved patient healthcare services, increased research into the causes of and cures for lupus, earlier diagnosis and treatment of lupus, and better epidemiological data on lupus globally.

World Lupus Day serves to rally lupus organisations and people affected by the disease around the world for a common purpose of bringing greater attention and resources to efforts to end the suffering caused by this disabling and potentially fatal autoimmune disease.

The Rheumatology Initiative, tRi is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing education, advocacy and research into the autoimmune rheumatic conditions in Ghana and Africa.

Led by one of only two rheumatologists in Ghana, it ultimately aim to help in finding the causes and cure for autoimmune rheumatic conditions and providing support, services and hope to persons affected with these conditions with special focus on young and adolescent persons and their loved ones.

tRi seeks to increase awareness, provide information, tips and the latest advances in the care of people with autoimmune rheumatic diseases, with these conditions.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NRSC says 708 persons die from road crashes this year

Accra, Statistics released by the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) indicates that 708 persons died from 4,049 road crashes as of April this year.

Out of the figure, 3,983 persons sustained various degrees of injuries with 1,199 pedestrian knockdowns involving 6,468 vehicles and 1,289 motorbikes.

Mr David Osafo Adonteng, the Director of Planning and Programming at the NRSC, disclosed this at a media briefing to mark this year’s West Africa Road Safety Organisation Day and Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week in Accra on Monday.

He said speeding was the root cause of senseless deaths on the roads and,

therefore, tasked the media, the Police, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority and all relevant institutions to join the campaign against speeding.

He urged the stakeholders to tackle the issue of speeding with renewed commitment and strategy, saying; We can’t sit down for people to perish needlessly, saying, It’s time to move the agenda to stop the menace.

Mr Adonteng said the Commission would be more visible and louder at the district, regional and national levels through intensive public education on the dangers of speeding as well as increase advocacy, monitoring and research.

We are going to hit hard on substandard tyres because they are gradually rearing their ugly heads on this speeding arena, therefore, we will engage the private sector to remove all disabled vehicles from the road, he said.

He expressed optimism that the NRSC would soon change its status to an authority or agency that would have the power to insist on institutional compliance and standards in order to change things for the better.

He urged the police to improve on the enforcement of road traffic regulations by arresting traffic offenders through the use of information and communication technology and speed cameras to check speeding on the roads.

Let’s use global practices where you can sit in a room and use an ICT system to monitor activities on the road and apprehend offenders and prosecute them, he said.

Mr Adonteng tasked the engineers at the Ghana Highway Authority to construct footbridges at the appropriate locations in the cities and urban centres to protect lives and property.

He tasked the media to highlight the dangers of speeding through extensive reportage to create public awareness.

He used the occasion to outdoor new road signs to increase public awareness on the need to observe road traffic regulations and speed limits.

Mrs May Obiri-Yeboah, the Executive Director of the Commission, said 60 per cent of all road fatalities were as a result of senseless speeding on the road and, therefore, called for collective efforts by all stakeholders to curb the menace.

She urged motorists to comply with the road safety rules and regulations in order to save precious lives and property.

She advised pedestrians to use footbridges constructed on strategic locations and walk along the roads while facing oncoming traffic to avoid pedestrian knockdown.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ministry asks public to note its correct designation

Accra, The Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations (MELR) has asked the public to take note of its designation and desist from making references to its erstwhile name.

Formerly known as the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare, the MELR was by an Executive Instrument in 2013 changed to its present name: Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations.

A statement issued by Charlotte Hanson, Head of Public Relations, MELR, following erroneous references being made to the Ministry’s previous name, urged government agencies, clients, stakeholders and the public to endeavour to label the Ministry with appropriate designation Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations.

Meanwhile, regarding statutory functions, aspects of the social welfare mandate have been re-aligned, and currently under the auspices of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, the statement said.

The MELR, which has Cabinet Status, currently has 14 agencies and departments, and as the name implies, is the lead policy advisor to government on matters pertaining to employment and labour relations.

The Ministry per its mandate is responsible for the development of sector plans, formulate and implement policies which aim at creating and promoting decent jobs, management of public sector wages and productivity as well as develop strategies that promote industrial peace and harmony, and the re-settlement of labour disputes.

Management believes and hopes that with this clarification, it is expected that all references and addresses to the Ministry will henceforth be in tandem with our mandate, it added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghanaian delegation in Netherlands to explore business opportunities

Accra, A 23-member trade delegation from Ghana is currently on a week-long tour through the Netherlands to explore opportunities for business and cooperation in food processing technologies and packaging.

A statement from the Netherlands Embassy said the mission was being led by the Private Enterprise Federation (PEF), the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) and GhanaVeg.

The goal of the trade mission is to promote cooperation, investment and knowledge exchange between Ghanaian and Dutch businesses.

The delegation is visiting a wide range of companies active in poultry, aquaculture, fruit and vegetables processing in the Netherlands.

The programme is complemented with matchmaking, a visit to the Interpak fair in Dusseldorf, business networking events and a packaging workshop.

The trade mission is a follow up mission last year to the Netherlands on food and beverage processing and agricultural inputs.

The mission complements the efforts of the Netherlands on private sector development in Ghana’s agricultural sector, a sector accounting for over 20 per cent of Ghana’s GDP.

Stimulating food processing could help reduce post-harvest losses and contribute to increased trade in products less dependent on cold chains and phytosanitary inspection.

The Netherlands is among Ghana’s biggest trade partners and the second largest exporter of agri-food worldwide, exporting 65 billion euros worth of vegetables, fruit, flowers, meat and dairy products each year.

The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Ghana, H.E. Ron Strikker: said This trade mission resonates well with the government’s renewed focus on promoting agriculture, value addition and industrialization. The mission is yet another example of how the Netherlands and Ghana are growing together.

Nana Osei Bonsu, CEO of PEF said: It is our hope that the Ghanaian companies participating in this trade mission will not only receive accurate information on availability of new markets and valuable networking opportunities from participants from the Kingdom of Netherlands and other partaking countries, but may also be privileged with viable partnerships including financing and innovative technologies to enhance their businesses in the near future.

Mr Seth Twum-Akwaboah, CEO of AGI said: This exposure visit to the Netherlands is most appropriate for AGI members in the wake of government of Ghana’s numerous initiatives to support the growth of the industrial sector and ensuring stronger linkage between industry and agriculture.

Ms Sheila Assibey-Yeboah, Deputy Programme Leader for GhanaVeg said: The mission resonates with what GhanaVeg seeks to achieve: a sector that is driven and led by private actors.

To achieve this goal, she said, there was the need for deliberate aggregation of sector actors to broker new and sustainable business relationships that will transcend into a more vibrant and innovative horticultural sector, which this trade mission aims to realise.

The mission has come at such an opportune time for Ghanaian horticultural businesses to learn and collaborate from their counterparts in the Netherlands.

The trade mission is commissioned by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and implemented by the Ghana Netherlands Business & Culture Council (GNBCC) and the Netherlands Africa Business Council (NABC).

Source: Ghana News Agency