MOT Conducts Public Awareness Program on Road Safety

Mot Road Safety secretariat Holds 2-day road safety public awareness program in Kakata, Margibi County.
Mot Road Safety secretariat Holds 2-day road safety public awareness program in Kakata, Margibi County.
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MONROVIA: Tuesday, November 26, 2019,The Ministry of Transport with support from the World Bank joined other African Countries to celebrate the African Road Safety Week in Liberia. The program aimed at remembering road traffic victims and at the same time creating public awareness on road safety in Liberia. The Ministry of Transport through its Road Safety Secretariat (RSS) planned series of activities which include parades, cultural performances, drama sketches, indoor programs among others in Nimba, Bong and Margibi Counties respectively. The program was graced by transport related stakeholders to include transport unions, students, the business community, civil society groups, and local Government officials among others in the various counties.

The program began in Sanniquillie City and followed by Ganta, Nimba County and subsequently in Kakata, Margibi County and Gbarnga, Bong County respectively and climaxed by a grand program marking the United Nations Road Safety Week in Monrovia, Liberia. The program was organized by the Road Safety Secretariat comprising of the Ministries of Transport, Public Works, Health, Education and Justice /LNP respectively and is housed in the Ministry of Transport, the lead ministry. The Secretariat was established by the Government of Liberia to develop road safety related policies and programs with support from the World Bank to help reduce the alarming rate of road accidents in the country which continues to pose socio-economic burden on the Government and people of Liberia.

It can be recalled that in November, 2017, the Ministry of Transport with the support of the German International Cooperation (GIZ) and the European Union (EU) organized a road safety related program, “Safe Street Festival” in Monrovia as part of efforts to create public awareness on road safety for both pedestrians and drivers.The program brought together various transport stakeholders, students, the business community etc. It was a fun filled occasion. The Ministry also launched the National Road Safety Action Plan on October 3, 2018 at the Cecil Dennis Hall at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.