GOL LAUNCHES NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY ACTION PLAN

H.E. Dr George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia, launched the National Road Safety Action Plan.
H.E. Dr George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia, launched the National Road Safety Action Plan.
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Thursday, October 4, 2018: The National Safety Action Plan formulated by the Ministry of Transport and other stakeholders has been officially launched by the Government of Liberia. The program marking the official launch of the Action Plan was held on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 12:00 noon in the C. Cecil Dennis Hall at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

Performing the official launching ceremony, His Excellency Dr. George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia, said road safety is very cardinal in any society and called on citizens and residents to respect the laws. He praised the Action Plan document and commended the Ministry of Transport and other stakeholder institutions involved in its formulation for the job well done. The President however said that without the enforcement of regulations in the document, the exercise will be meaningless. He therefore called on the stakeholders to relook at the document and inject in it compliance enforcement and the appropriate penalties against would be violators to serve as deterrence to others.

 

Transport Minister, Samuel A. Wlue in earlier welcome remarks said the plan set in place Government’s actions and timeline to ensure that the country’s highways and by-ways are the safest for all. He said in the last three months a total 390 cases of road accidents were record out of which a total of 85 deaths, 501 injuries and 490 properties damaged were also recorded. He said Africa like the rest of the world is witnessing road safety crisis.

 

Deputy Transport Minister for Administration & Insurance, Hon. Sirleaf R. Tyler who gave the overview of road safety in Liberia and the Action Plan, said the Liberia National Police 2017 report on road crashes in Liberia was alarming which has prompted immediate intervention by the Ministry of Transport, line ministries and agencies with the support of international partner to develop a National Road Safety Action Plan to address issues relating to road fatalities and reduce destruction of properties that grossly affect the country’s GDP. He said it will also provide an opportunity to secure and facilitate Liberia’s integration into the global economy by benefiting from the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.

 

 

Minister Tyler said the National Road Safety Action Plan is a 10-year program with 5 pillars, namely, Road Safety Management; Safer Roads and Mobility, Safer Vehicles; Safer Road Users; and Post-crash response service.

Continuing, Minister Tyler said the Government of Liberia under the leadership of President George Manneh Weah considers that effective transportation systems which are key for socio-economic development and poverty reduction cannot be achieved without the provision of safe, affordable and efficient transport sector. He recommended that all stakeholders and international partners coordinate and collaborate for the full implementation of the National Road Safety Action; galvanize support for improved road safety program in Liberia, as well support the Road Safety Secretariat for rolling out the National Road Safety Council; and review and ratify sub regional and international policies and protocols in the transport sector that can be aligned with the National Road Safety Action Plan.

 

The occasion was attended by representatives of stakeholders institutions, Ministers of Public Works, Education, Health, the Liberia National Police, Members of the Cabinet, Government Officials, and well-wishers.