Mr. Speaker thank you for giving me the opportunity to make a statement on the gory road accident that occurred in my constituency.
Mr Speaker let me first of all extend my deepest condolences and that of my constituents to the bereaved families and wish the injured speedy recovery.
Mr. Speaker on Friday the 22nd of March 2019 the whole country was struck with the sad news of the tragic accident that took place around 2 am in the morning involving two Buses one from Garu in the Upper East Region heading towards Kumasi with registration number GT3915-17 and the other from Accra heading towards Bolgatanga with registration number GT5694-18 at Ampomakrom in the Kintampo South constituency.
Mr. Speaker Myself and my colleagues the Hon. Kwesi Etu Bonde MP Kintampo North and Hon. Albert MP for Garu Constituency visited the accident scene on Saturday 23rd, 2019 because of our direct links.
Mr Speaker a total number of 57 individuals perished in that accident out of which 35 of them were burnt beyond recognition. The remaining 22 identified bodies is made of 4 children and 4 women. It’s sad to note that some of the burnt bodies beyond recognition were children and lactating mothers.
Mr Speaker a mass burial was held at the Jema cemetery for the bodies that were burnt beyond recognition in a very solemn environment with the assistance of the Ghana police service led by the Kintampo Divisional Commander and the Kintampo South District Commander with their team of police officers as well as the Hospital and Mortuary staff of the Jema hospital.
Mr. Speaker l strongly believe that this particular accident is a national tragedy and government must treat it as such by holding a national memorial service for the victims of the accident and also declaring at least three(3) days of national mourning for the victims.
Mr Speaker the Government through the various agencies such as the Ghana Police Service, Road Safety Commission, Ghana National Fire Service, the Ministry of Roads and Highways must collaborate and make our roads much more safer for the traveling public.
Mr Speaker this particular accident could have been averted if the driver of one of the vehicles had listened to the passengers on board according to the survivors account of the accident.
Mr Speaker the Motor Traffic and Transport Department(MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service must pay more attention on our roads by ensuring that drivers plying our roads are well checked to ensure safety of the traveling public.
Mr Speaker Government through the Ministry of Roads and Highways must as a matter of urgency prioritize the expansion of our roads into duoble lanes and also provide street lights on all our major highways. The Road Safety Commission must ensure that enough signages are placed on strategic and dangerous portions of the roads to caution drivers about the nature of the roads to ensure safety.
Mr Speaker Looking at the spate of accidents between Kintampo and the Techiman stretch of the road and the slow pace of responses on the part of our emergency services l strongly appeal that Government enstablishes a Fire Service Station in between Kintampo and Techiman as well as a Trauma Center to give quick emergency services to accident victims.
Finally Mr Speaker l am appealing to the Government to as a matter of urgency identify the families of the perished victims and duelly support such families to recover from their irreplaceable looses. I wish to once again extend my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and also wish the injured victims at the various hospitals speedy recovery.