Ministry of Transport, Works and Infrastructure (MoTWI), last Thursday held a
daylong consultative meeting with stakeholders, where they discussed the
development of a national road safety strategy.
Held at a local hotel in Kololi, the convergent brought together stakeholders from different institutions.
Deputy Permanent Secretary for administration at MoTWI, Louis Moses Mendy said the Personal Management Office (PMO) and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affair have granted approval to his Ministry to establish a road safety unit to serve as secretarial for the working group and committee.
He described the development of a national road safety strategy as timely, saying it will also witness the launch of the newly established multi-sectoral road safety committee and working group.
He said for the government to deliver on its road safety improvement effort, the requisite road safety policies and strategies must be formulated to guide and set standards in delivering long-term road safety objectives.
Mr. Mendy said in The Gambia, reported fatalities and serious injuries have jumped from 169% from a three-year average of 216 in 2005-2007 to 580 in 2014-2016 and the problem continued rising since then. “What made this statistic worrying is the fact that the WHO estimated in 2015 that for every one fatality recorded in the Gambia, four fatalities actually occurred. The global burden of disease study estimated that in 2016 road traffic injury is the seventh highest cause of death for Gambians aged 5-49, and the twelfth highest cause of disability for the whole population.”
According to him, the socio-economic cost of road trauma in 2013 for The Gambia has been estimated at USD 63.5 million, or over 2 billion dalasi, and is likely to have increased significantly since then.