The President of the Federation of Motorcycle and Tricycle Union of Liberia, John A.F. Kenyor stresses that Accident Prevention dialogue on road safety will help curtail road tragedy in the country, pointing out that lack of education and prevention are some contributing factors to road accident.
“We from the Federation of Motorcycle, and Tricycle Union of Liberia are excited to be in this national accident prevention dialogue, because we believe to safe our people from the many road accidents, these kinds of dialogue must be held”, he says.
Mr. Kenyor was speaking over the weekend at a local hotel in Monrovia during the national accident prevention program under the auspices of the Ministry of Transport. The event brought together stakeholders, including Federation of Road Transport Union, the Motorcycle and Tricycle Union of Liberia and other relevant institutions.
In an exclusive interview with this paper, Mt. Kenyor expresses delight to have sat in the dialogue to discuss issues relating to accident prevention, saying, “As you may be aware, a good number of our citizens lost their lives as the result of road accident, and for the government thru this Ministry to put accident prevention on their ladder brings us so much joy.”
The National Road Accident Prevention program is a government’s social intervention introduced by the Ministry of Transport to prevent road accidents and save lives with the premise that human capital is the most important and precious resource of Liberia hence, the need to save lives.
He describes the venture as welcoming and notes that it is now left with “us who are leaders to attach value to it by sensitizing our people on the importance of accident. I think it is about time that we leaders avail ourselves to improve whatever system that national government wants to undertake.”
“Many at times we see cars break down in the middle of the road creating huge traffic, but with this new venture that talks about bringing in tow trucks that will deal with any vehicle, we think it will ease down traffic congestion.”
Assistant Transport Minister for Administration and Insurance, Nuwoe A.D. Scott, lauds stakeholders for showing interest in the dialogue, and adds that though they have not seen the tow trucks, yet they attended the dialogue, which is something that should be commended.
“You the partners, stakeholders we want to register our heartfelt sentiments because you are the ones who are dealing with the people, the motorcyclists, if we don’t have your support, we won’t be able to make this program a success.”
She says government alone can’t do all but with support of the people, all can be achieved. Minister Scott says as the trucks are being anticipated, the public should be inspire with the spirit of readiness to work cooperatively for the development of the country.
She notes that Liberians themselves are the answers to their own problems, adding that today, we have all of the partners and investors who will bring recourses and are willing to help us eliminate accident deaths that occurs in our country; it how we maintain it as a people, because if the government provides the trucks, it is left with the people to do their part.”
Road safety across Liberia remains a serious challenge with accident-related deaths occurring almost daily here. By Lewis S. Teh–Editing by Jonathan Browne