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Road accidents kill 1,000 people from January to April

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Road accidents have killed more than 1,000 people in the country from January to April this year, the Director-General of the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), Mrs May Obiri Yeboah, said on Thursday.

 She said last year 2,500 people died from road crashes and said the figure was the highest since 1991.

Mrs Yeboah said this when she paid a courtesy call on the Bono Regional Minister, Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, as part of her two-day inspection visit to the region.

She was accompanied by Kwame Koduah Atuahene, the Head of Regulations, Inspections and Complaints Department of the NRSA and key staff of the Authority. 

Mrs Yeboah told the Minister that there were over 1,000 motorcycle and tricycle accidents since January and attributed the uncontrolled crashes to over-speeding and careless driving. 

She said the Authority had forwarded a draft Legislative Instrument (LI) to the Attorney General for onward delivery to parliament for consideration, explaining the passage of the LI would push realistic implementation of the NRSA Act 2019, Act 993 which assigns a regulatory role to the Authority. 

Mrs Yeboah indicated the government was much concerned about uncontrolled fatalities on the road and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had set up a Ministerial Committee to ensure that road safety regulations were implemented to the letter.

She said it required concerted and decisive approaches to tackle road crashes and appealed for support from stakeholders to prevent needless deaths on the road.

On her part, Madam Owusu-Banahane acknowledged the important role of the NRSA and called on the Authority to intensify road safety education and also ensure the public education was translated into the nation’s local languages as well.

She emphasised the enormous consequences of road accidents on the country and called for effective collaboration between road sector agencies, NRSA and other key stakeholders for intensified education and enforcement of road safety regulations. 

Mr Atuahene told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) the visit was aimed at building institutional support for the new regulatory mandate of the Authority

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Green Ghana: Bole becomes green under the NHIA

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The Bole District Branch of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has today Friday June 11, 2021 planted sixty (60) trees as part of the National tree planting exercise led by the President of Ghana.

The Green Ghana project, which is a Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources initiative spearheaded by sector Minister Samuel Abu Jinapor, aimed to plant five million trees in a single day.

The Bole branch of the National Health Insurance Authority planted 60 various types of tree species on the premises of the NHIA led by the scheme Manager Mr. Mohammed Suraj-Deen and his staff.

Mr. Suraj-Deen, speaking to the media following a brief event to plant seedlings at the NHIS complex, noted that “in line with the President’s directive that government institutions and individuals should assist in greening Ghana, we have gone ahead to implement our own version of greening Ghana on the NHIS compound”.

“We planted trees which included acacias, thick and others. Already, we have started our own afforestation before the coming of greening Ghana and we are going to continue NOT only to plant trees but to take good care of them until they become matured and needs no care” Syrah-Deen added.

Earlier in June, 2021, President Akufo-Addo called on Ghanaians to plant more trees to preserve the country’s forest cover and the environment.

The President stressed that “We cannot sit by and watch as our trees, flora and fauna are wiped out. Our very existence is tied directly to the survival of trees. Without the oxygen produced by trees, we cannot survive as humans.

“Lend your support to the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources as it executes this ambitious national assignment. I will be planting a tree and I expect you too to plant one. Let us make Ghana green.

Story by: Osman Abubakari-Sadiq

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Three children battling for lives as parents die in fire outbreak

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Three children are battling for their lives with their parents dead in a fire outbreak at Adjei Kojo in the Tema West Constituency of the Greater Accra Region.

The children include three boys and one girl with the girl the only surviving one though she was scald.

An electrical fault is suspected to have caused the incident which happened around 2:00 am while they were asleep.

Eyewitnesses and rescuers who confirmed the incident to Adom news said they heard loud screams in the middle of the night.

They rushed to the scene only to discover the house was on fire and without hesitation, rushed to rescue the family of five.

“The place was dark so we had to use torch lights to find them and we managed to rescue the children first before the parents but all of them were in critical condition [when we found them],” one of the rescuers said.

Another was hopeful the parents would have stayed alive but for the delay in medical care.

“We first took them to Tema General hospital then to Ridge but we were told there was no accident unit so we had to go to Korle Bu and it was around 5:00 am when we finally got there,” he narrated.

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Just In: NDC Youth Organizer Found Dead In His Room | Details

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Young man identified as Abass Seidu who is the Mempeasem polling station branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) was found dead in his room

The NDc’s polling station’s youth organizer at Mempeasem in the Essikado-Ketan constituency of the Western Region was found dead in his room last Thursday.

Abass Seidu was found dead in his room after neighbours realized that some unpleasant smell was coming from the direction of Seidu’s room at Mempeasem.

A former youth organizer of Essikado-Ketan constituency of the NDC, Kofi Wayoe confirmed the sad incident.

He explained that Abass was believed to have travelled for four days but the family did not know where he went.

He indicated that sometimes the deceased will travel outside the area without informing the family where he was going.

The reason we could not realize earlier that Abass had died was because Abass always travelled without notifying anybody including his family members

So when we did not see him or hear from him for four days, we thought he had travelled as usual,” he noted

He said when some residents forced the door open after smelling the stench coming from the deceased room, they saw the lifeless body of Abass Seidu lying in a supine position with no bruises on his body.

He said since Abass, was a Muslim he was buried on the day the body was found- Thursday, June 3, 2021. He was 35.

Meanwhile, the case has been reported to the Essikado-Ketan Police who are investigating to unravel the circumstances under which Abass Seidu died.

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