Road Safety conference commences in Swakopmund

02 Oct 2013 02:10
SWAKOPMUND, 02 OCT (NAMPA) - Members of the road safety fraternity should enter into long-term collaborative agreements with relevant institutions in order to deal with the high number of road fatalities and injuries in Namibia.
This was said by the Deputy Minister of Works and Transport, Kilus Nguvauva in a statement read on his behalf by the chairperson of the Erongo Regional Council, Hafeni Ndemula at the start of the third annual Road Safety conference here on Tuesday.
Nguvauva said in many sectors across the world, there is a growing recognition that cross-sectoral partnerships between businesses, government and civil society organisations offer the possibility of more innovative and sustainable solutions to developmental issues.
“There is an urgent need to better our performances through heightened synergy and smart partnerships between public and private institutions, which in turn will lead to reduced fatality and injury rates in Namibia,” he noted.
The three-day conference is being hosted under the theme “Refocusing efforts on the implementation of the Namibian Chapter of the Decade of Action”.
It is being attended by stakeholders within the road safety sector.
This year’s conference provides a platform for the presentation of current road safety reform initiatives to stakeholders.
In addition, it focuses on fostering networks amongst stakeholders in order for workable solutions for road safety management to be found.
Nguvauva said an investigation carried out on the causes of road accidents by a high-level committee of ministers established that the majority of accidents in Namibia occur in the Khomas, Otjozondjupa, Oshana and Erongo regions.
He said not a month passes by without deaths due to accidents on Namibian roads being reported.
“These road crashes cause severe personal pain and emotional and physical injury to many people. In addition, millions of dollars which could have been put to better use are lost in compensating or treating these accident victims,” he noted.
He thus urged the road safety officials present to produce tangible results in relation to the reduction of both accidents and resultant fatalities and serious injuries, as well as to provide appropriate solutions to road safety problems.