Hardap holds Road Safety Indaba

22 Jun 2017 21:20pm
MARIENTAL, 22 JUN (NAMPA) – Hardap Governor Esme Isaack said despite frequent campaigns on road safety, road crashes continue to cause hardship and loss of lives in the country on a daily basis.
This situation remains a pressing concern for Namibia, Isaack said during the Regional Road Safety Indaba for the Hardap and ||Kharas regions organised by the Hardap Regional Road Safety Forum (HRRSF) at Mariental on Thursday.
She said the promotion of road safety in Namibia is becoming a complex issue that should not be left in the hands of a single organisation and called for synergy between stakeholders to mitigate road crashes.
Isaack further said it is imperative that regions come together as they are facing the same hardships of loss of lives, to strive for the common goal of reducing casualties on roads.
“It is worrisome because we are losing precious lives because of road crashes in comparison to diseases,” she said.
Isaack also said that numerous road safety management modules had been developed and tested and that Cabinet approved and adopted the Integrated Road Safety Management Module for Namibia.
“The model takes cognisance of the fact that road safety is multi-dimensional thus needing to be managed in a multi-dimensional way.”
On the model, Isaack explained that it calls for interaction between all stakeholders involved in all aspects pertaining to road safety, hence the cooperation between her office and the HRRSF.
“We had campaigns since the establishment of the forum and yielded success in various ways while creating hope and courage to be persistent,” Isaack said.
The governor said local problems require local solutions and ownership, hence the call for the Regional Road Safety Indaba to create a platform for understanding of the magnitude of road safety problems.
The programme solicits participation in the regions for deliberations on short, medium and long-term strategic plans.
“I believe that the lives of Namibians are of utmost importance and that we have to do everything possible to safeguard the lives of our people. The time to act is now,” said Isaack.