Interior minister unveils plans to minimize road accidents

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Following a question-and-answer session at the National Assembly, the minister of the Interior, Ebrima Mballow has informed deputies that his Ministry has given out motorcycles to traffic officers countrywide to intensify patrols on the public highway in order to enhance safety on our roads.

Minister Mballow was responding to a question asked by Hon. Sunkary Badjie, the member for Foni Berefet who asked what plans his ministry had put in place to mitigate road accidents which claim innocent lives in the Foni Berefet Constituency and other parts of the country.

In addition to this, the minister acknowledged that there are also other measures that are ongoing aimed at minimizing accidents/causalities, which he said include ensuring that all drivers are duly licenced and subjecting motor vehicles to stringent test before being declared roadworthy.

“We are Sensitising road users on road safety through radio talk shows, driving while intoxicated, and speeding causing death, to attract a heavier fine to deter drivers from committing these offences.”

“My Ministry wishes to intimate that requisitions were made to the Minister of Finance regarding mobility needs of the force and necessary follow-ups are being done. “As soon as the vehicles are provided, all police stations including Ngayeng Sanjal will be provided with a vehicle”.

Also responding to a question asked by Hon. Momodou S. Ceesay, the member for Janjanbureh, who was concerned about the increasing number of stray dogs within the Island of Janjanbureh. Hon. Ceesay said that the stray dogs sometimes kill their small ruminants and sometimes even attempt to unbury their dead bodies.

In responding to that, Minister Mballow informed deputies that the issue of stray dogs is a public health issue, adding that as such, his ministry would work with the Department of Veterinary Services to deal with the matter.

Author: Njie Baldeh
Source: Picture: Minister Ebrima Mballow