NRSA considers banning Sprinter buses over Gomoa-Antseadze accident

Mr David Osafo Adonteng, the Acting Director-General of the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), has hinted at moves to reconsider the use of Sprinter and some other minibuses for carrying passengers if the scourge of road crashes they are involved in persists.

He said the spate of avoidable road crashes involving such vehicles due to the blatant disregard for road traffic regulations by some of the drivers, particularly along the Takoradi-Cape Coast-Mankessim-Accra highway, were terrifying.

The drivers often competed for passengers along that stretch racing at top speed in the process, risking the lives of passengers and other road users.

Mr Adonteng, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at the weekend, commiserated with victims of road crashes and their families and expressed the Authority’s determination to curtail the menace.

He expressed sadness over the death of seven passengers in a gory accident on Thursday night at Gomoa-Antseadze near Apam in the Gomoa West District of the Central Region, after visiting those on admission at the Winneba Trauma and Specialist Hospital.

He was accompanied by Madam Pearl Adosu, the Head of Public Relations at the Authority, Ms Linda Affotey Annang, Central Regional Head of the NRSA, and Assistant Superintendent of Police, Beatrice Smith-Koree, the Director of Mankessim Motor Traffic and Transport Division.

Fourteen people were involved in the accident of which seven died on the spot whilst the other seven, including an infant, sustained injuries.

The accident involved two Sprinter minibuses heading to Accra from Takoradi and Mankessim. On reaching Gomoa-Antseadze, the one from Takoradi, on top speed, tried to overtake the other bus, veered off the road and catapulted into the bush leaving many trapped.

“We know how they behave on the road, we have alerted them, given them notices and warned them, but if they continue to misbehave and take people’s lives for granted, then we would be left with no option than to invoke our mandate by the law” Mr Adonteng said.

“We are backed by the Road Safety Act, (Act 933) and Legislative Instrument (LI) to take firm action. We have the modalities, and I’m sure when we go back to Accra, we would be taking policy decisions for the Ministry of Transport to consider in the coming days.”

He urged drivers and road users to adhere to basic road safety signs to reduce road accidents.

Drivers must check the condition of their vehicles before putting them on the road, and endeavour not to drink and drive, he added.

Mr Adonteng interacted with some relatives of the deceased at the Mankessim Police Station and Mercy Women’s Hospital, as well as the Winneba Trauma and Specialist Hospital.

He interacted with the family of Ato Kwamena, a 34-year-old DJ, who boarded the vehicle from Ayensudo, near Elmina to Gomoa-Antseadze, but died in the accident right at his destination.

He also commiserated with relatives of Mr Solomon Agyare, 25, a driver’s mate in the Sprinter bus, who was married with a child.

Agyare, a commercial driver, join the Sprinter bus as mate to earn some income when his vehicle developed a fault. He hailed from Asante Akyem Amantia but lived at Kasoa.

Source: Modern Ghana

NPRA implements ‘agenda catch them young’ initiative to increase pensions enrolment in informal sector

The Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regional Secretariat of the National Pensions Regulatory Authority (NPRA) is implementing the “agenda catch them young’ initiative to increase pension scheme enrolments among informal sector workers.

In the interim, Mr William Ohene-Adjei, the Regional Manager of the Authority said the initiative was to whip the interests of students in Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) institutes in the three regions to register and join the informal sector pension schemes.

Speaking in an interview with Journalists in Sunyani on the activities of the Authority, Mr Ohene-Adjei said joining informal sector pension schemes had no age limit or requirement, hence the need to inspire the students to register and enroll to benefit.

“These students are targeted because many of them will soon complete and establish their own businesses because TVET education provides employable skill training and ready and immediate jobs for the youth”, he said.

Mr Ohene-Adjei indicated that as the engine of national growth and development, the private or informal sector contributed between 75 and 85 per cent of the nation’s workforce, but regretted that only about four percent was registered and actively contributing to pension schemes.

“That is why we have to re-focus and direct attention to the informal sector to empower workers to understand the essence and relevance of joining pension schemes in their own interest”, he stated.

Mr Ohene-Adjei said the Authority had strengthened collaboration with religious bodies and traditional authorities, saying “last year we were able to visit and intensify pension education in churches and local communities to inspire the informal sector workers to register and join”.

Describing 2023 as an action year, the Regional Manager said the authority in the three regions had upscaled its outreach programmes, targeting carpenters, masons, market women and other artisanal workers.

Informal sector pension schemes, he added, remained flexible and beneficial, saying because contributors in the sector had savings and retirement accounts, they could withdraw some deposits after five years of contributing into their savings account.

“Contributors registered under informal sector pension schemes can also contribute any amount depending on their financial strength”, he said, and advised workers in the sector to join the pension scheme to provide them sound financial security on retirement.

The NPRA was set up by the National Pensions Act, (Act 247), 2008, to provide pension reforms in the country by introducing the Tier Three pension schemes and it oversees the administration and management of registered pension schemes of registered Trustees, including the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT).

Source: Modern Ghana

Buipewura Jinapor donates food items, bull to military detachment in Damongo

The Paramount Chief of Buipe Traditional Area, Buipewura Abdulai Jinapor 11 has donated some food items and a bull to the 155 Military Armoured Regiment Camp in Damongo, the Savannah Regional capital.

This, the traditional ruler said was in recognition of the contribution of the military detachment and indeed,all security agencies in ensuring peace and tranquility in the area.

The Secretary to the Buipe Traditional Area, Neripewura Abubakari Kipson Panfia I, who made the presentation on behalf of Buipewura said the donation was in support of this year’s celebration of the West Africa Security Services Association (WASSA).

The WASSA he noted, was an annual celebration by the security services to promote peace within the services, adding that, Buipewura takes keen interest in such an important function geared at the general peace and welfare of society.

The donation included; a bull, bags of rice and assorted drinks to the command to aid in their preparations towards WASSA 2023, which was held on Saturday, 14th January, 2023.

Neripewura Panfia I reiterated Buipewura Jinapor’s commitment to building strong bonds between the security services and the traditional authorities.

He assured that the traditional leader was ready to assist in promoting and maintaining the longstanding peace enjoyed in the region together with the security and other important stakeholders, stressing that, “without peace, there won’t be development”.

Buipewura Jinapor II assured the command of his continuous readiness and unflinching support to the security to help them contribute to keeping peace in the area.

Receiving the items on behalf of the command, Lt. Adomako-Manu, the Adjutant of the Command, expressed gratitude to Buipewura Jinapor II on behalf of the service men and women in the region.

He added that the command appreciates the chief for the gift because the notice given to the traditional authorities was a short one.

“We appreciate this so much although the notice to him was a short one, he still honored us. We are so happy for this recognition,” he stated.

The Buipewura Jinapor II delegation included: Neripewura Panfia I, Kunshiwura, Koryapewura and Mr Tahiru.

Source: Modern Ghana

Salaga South MP offers educational scholarship to 125 students

The Member of Parliament for Salaga South Constituency, Hajia Zuwera Ibrahima has advanced educational support to some 125 tertiary students in her constituency.

With beneficiaries drawn from Kafaba, Salaga, Kluw Ward, Kafaba, Konkomba and the Kpembi Wards, the intervention is aimed at cushioning the students to pursue various courses of studies in the tertiary institutions across the country.

A total of Ghc100,000 worth of scholarships was disbursed to 55 females and 70 males in batches.

The first batch of beneficiaries received their bursary from the legislator on 31st December 2022, during the 8th Annual Home Coming Congress of Kluw / Lor Ekun Gonjaland Youth Association and the second batch received theirs on 11th January, 2023.

Speaking at a short ceremony held at Telkpa to present the bursary, the Member of Parliament reiterated her commitment towards the education and human resource development of the constituency.

“l place priority on education and human capital development. It is for this reason that I make commitment towards supporting education in the constituency. I am committed to continue prioritizing education and to make support systems available, so you can attain your academic goals,” he stated.

He said the support was meant to cushion the students in pursuit of tertiary education in the Municipality, urging them to take their studies very serious and make the area proud.

The East Gonja Municipal Education Director, madam Christiana Maabo Donzun, lauded the Member of Parliament for the kind gesture and encouraged the beneficiaries to take advantage of the support and study very hard.

But like the proverbial Oliver Twist, she used the opportunity to call for more of such support from the MP for the Municipality.

A representative of the Municipal Chief Executive, Wumbei Ibn Zakaria, who doubles as the Municipal Coordinating Director for the East Gonja Municipal Assembly said the decision by the lawmaker to support the students means she has positive plans for the constituency and students, urging the students to study hard and return home to serve the Municipality.

Madam Fatimah Ahmed,a first-year Bachelor of Science Physician Assistant student at the University for Development Studies on behalf of all the beneficiaries, thanked the MP for supporting their education and prayed for Allah to continue blessing her good works.

Some elated parents and opinion leaders, who were at the function were full of praise for the legislator for rolling out such a timely intervention.

Source: Modern Ghana