Ohangwena takes on road safety promotion

20 Sep 2017 12:00pm
ONHUNO, 20 SEP (NAMPA) – Chairperson of the Ohangwena Regional Council, Erickson Ndawanifa on Tuesday called on Namibians to do everything possible to avert the increasing number of deaths from road accidents.
Ndawanifa made these remarks whilst addressing his region’s first mini road conference held at the Onhuno Namibian Police Force Roadblock.
He said Namibia already has a small population (about 2,2 million), and urged all Namibian citizens to comply with road signs, adhere to traffic rules and to practice a culture of safety to reduce fatalities on the roads.
“We all need to change our mindset and attitude if we are to have careful drivers and pedestrians on our roads,” Ndawanifa appealed.
The statistics presented at the conference indicate that close to 4 000 people have lost their lives as a result of motor vehicle accidents recorded on Namibian road since 2011.
Regionally, Khomas recorded the most road accidents, followed by Erongo and Oshana.
According to the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund Ongwediva Branch Manager Eva Amakali, the deaths as a result of road accidents are increasing in the country.
Amakali said 492 people lost their lives as result of road crashes in Namibia in 2011, compared to 530 people killed this far this year.
The MVA Fund accidents statistics revealed the following road deaths; 598 (2012), 656 (2013), 685 (2014), 718 (2015) and 731 (2016).
“The MVA Fund spends N.dollars 200 million in caring for the victims of road crashes annually. This money could have been channelled to other development programmes,” Amakali said.
The conference urged the public, private and the civil society, including churches and traditional leaders, to embark on serious promotion of road safety.
The Ohangwena Regional Road Safety Forum, under the stewardship of the Acting Chief Regional Officer (CRO) Fillipus Shilongo, convened the conference to sensitise road users and all stakeholders on road safety.
The platform was also used to obtain inputs for consideration and inclusion during the National Road Safety Conference scheduled to take place in Windhoek next month, as planned by the National Road Safety Council.