-seeks logistical support for Police
Liberia’s Minister of Transport Samuel A. Wlue says, if road accidents in Liberia must be reduced, the Liberia National Police (LNP) should be provided all necessary logistical support to enhance its operations.
The Transport Minister spoke on Wednesday, 21 October during Implementation of Road Safety Action Plan Installation ceremony (Pillar Two) involving street naming, traffic warning and counties’ welcome signs for Monrovia and its environs at the premises of the ministry.
Minister Wlue notes that installation of road safety, street naming, traffic warning and counties’ welcome signs are significant to enhance movement of vehicles and people across the country. He lauds the Inter-Ministerial Council of the Road Safety Secretariat for the wonderful work carried out, which he says, will provide better directions to pedestrians and moving objects.
Police Inspector General Col. Patrick Sudue warns vehicle operators to adhere to all traffic signs erected particularly in Monrovia, warning that any vehicle speeding beyond 30 miles per hour would be chased after by the Police and said operator prosecuted.
Liberia continues to suffer tragic road accidents across the country, resulting loss of lives and properties with the latest occurring on Tuesday, 20 October 2020 in Bong County, taking away six lives.
IG Sudue describes as unfortunate and disgusting, behavior of some Liberians, who destroy and remove important road safety traffic signs in the streets, intended to provide direction to both human beings and vehicles.
He recalls that several solar panel streetlight poles installed along the streets were brought down by unscrupulous Liberians, while others were destroyed by vehicle operators.
He explains that roads, street signs and street naming provide significant information especially, for tourists and other foreign nationals visiting Liberia for the first time. The Police Inspector General encourages vehicle operators to observe traffic signs erected in the streets in order to avoid over speeding and accidents.
Acting Minister of Public Works, Madam Ruth Coker-Collins, who officially erected the first street naming sign of Carey/Camp Johnson Road, expressed gratitude to Minister Samuel Wlue and the entire membership of the Inter-Ministerial Council for helping to save lives and properties.
Deputizing for Education Minister D. AnsuSonii, Deputy Education Minister for Instruction Alexander N. Duopu said installation of traffic and road signs provides a safe environment.
Providing a brief overview of the Road Safety Secretariat (RSS), its Coordinator Samuel Wonasue said, as a result of the RSS activities, several Liberians were able to travel out of the country to build their technical skills, knowledge and capacity, among others.
Meanwhile, through supplier HG Signs and the Infrastructure Implementation Unit with funding from the Liberia Road Asset Management Project (LIBRAMP) and International Development Association (IDA)/World Bank, the RSS has acquired about 22 pieces of counties’ welcome signs, 325 pieces of street name signs, and 475 pieces of traffic warning signs respectively, to be installed across the country.
By Emmanuel Mondaye–Editing by Jonathan Browne