Alhaji Khuzaima Mohammed Osman, executive secretary of Ghana’s Tijjaniya Muslim Movement, advised religious leaders to instill a road safety campaign as part of their responsibility.
He said religious leaders should take road safety campaigns as a responsibility, as road accidents kill more people than riots. The number of lives lost to violence cannot be compared to that of a traffic accident.
He said the data on road accidents was alarming as each year politicians, academics, farmers, businessmen, children and religious leaders end their days on the road.
Alhaji Osman spoke about the impact of road accidents on the Muslim community and the role of Islamic leaders in reducing road carnage at the Ghanaian News Agency, Tema Regional Office and Safety Campaign Platform of the Tema Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD).
The Tema GNA and MTTD road safety project aims to actively create a coherent and systematic weekly awareness on the need to be careful on the road as users, to educate all road users about their respective responsibilities and to sensitize drivers in particular to the principles of road safety regulations, rules and laws.
Alhaji Osman urged drivers to check their cars every morning before setting off.
He begged all religious leaders to educate young people to condemn showing off on motorcycles, driving without a helmet and sitting in cars on certain occasions.
The executive director of the Tijjaniya Muslim movement commended the Tema regional office of the Ghanaian news agency for the targeted road safety campaign.
Mr. Francis Ameyibor, regional director of Ghanaian news agency Tema called on motorists to avoid a “Christmas suicide mission” on the road: “Christmas is a joyous time, don’t create an unhappy situation for families to cry “.
He expressed concern that the Christmas season is gradually taking on another dimension as many families lose their loved ones in reckless and preventable traffic accidents: “This Christmas season, let’s all let’s work together to reduce human errors associated with road accidents ”.
He noted that “suicide drivers” hit Ghana’s main roads, including the highway, highways and other roads in the city center, killing hundreds of people. “We must therefore work together to disarm them because the death rate from road accidents is increasing.”
Mr. Ameeibor explained that suicidal drivers can be identified on the road by their reckless driving antics, speeding, disregarding road safety rules, using mobile or electronic devices while driving and lack of concentration on the road.
He also warned “suicidal pedestrians” who cross the road with a carefree, distracted attitude, using a cell phone or other devices and not respecting the safety mechanisms.
Mr. Ameyibor therefore called for a change of attitude on the road in order to reduce accidents, “most traffic accidents are purely man-made acts”.
He also called on religious leaders to use their pulpit to preach against suicide missions on the roads, “Every time you step into the pulpit, only spend two minutes of your time educating your congregation on road safety.
“All public speakers, whenever you have a platform to speak, please only spend two minutes talking about the need for all of us to be aware on the road. There are certain human factors that we can work together to reduce traffic accidents ”.