Musician and politician, Bice Osei Kuffour, popularly known as Obour, has attributed the high spate of accidents by the day in Ghana to a lack of priority by stakeholders.
According to Obour who has been a massive advocate for road safety in Ghana, the menace of accidents would relatively have been curbed if stakeholders were treating the issue like they did following the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Citing the huge numbers, Obour noted that some over 2,000 average cases are recorded on an annual basis because Ghanaians and key stakeholders have failed to accept the menace of accidents as a ‘bigger killer’ and to attach the seriousness with which they fought the deadly Coronavirus, to the road safety campaign.
Recounting his near-death experience after an accident with GhanaWeb Road Safety Campaign team, Bice Osei Kuffour said;
“Recently what has hit the world is COVID-19. When it did, recently, we could go to the extent where there was lock down, nobody should go anywhere and we all abided because we were all scared. Till date, Ghana, COVID-19 deaths has not hit a 1,000 yet. If people get the statistics from road accidents; in 2017, about 4,000 people died from road accidents, 2018, just 2020, between January and October, we had about 2,000 people, dying from road accidents.
“What it means is that, road accident is a much greater killer than COVID-19, malaria, than the deadly pandemics, it’s a bigger pandemic, but we are not seeing it like that,” he stated.