10 Dec 2017 12:40pm
WINDHOEK, 10 DEC (NAMPA) The Windhoek Ecumenical Forum (WEF) under the Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN) held prayer sessions here on Sunday to mobilise the nation to pray for safer roads.
The prayer sessions were simultaneously held in other regions of the country as part of the Road Safety Education Campaign that is spearheaded by CCN under the theme, Love your neighbour for safer roads.
Speaking to Nampa on Sunday, Bishop Henry Ndozi-Okia from the WEF said the sessions are a response to the many road accidents that happen during festive seasons.
It is festive period where people are supposed to have peace and enjoy with family, but people are mourning and it needs to stop. We therefore want to surrender our roads to God, he said.
He explained that the session targeted the B1 road as it has taken a lot of lives this year.
Secretary of the WEF committee, who is also a Councillor of the City of Windhoek, Ananias Niizimba, said policing and checkpoints alone without God cannot stop road accidents.
There is a need for divine intervention in order to minimise road accidents, he added.
Niizimba said the WEF wants to see behavioural and attitude change by people with regards to road safety.
The prayer session will be an annual event.
In October this year, CCN collaborated with the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund, National Road Safety Council, Private Sector Road Safety Forum and other stakeholders for the Road Safety Education Campaign.
They held different prayer sessions, including prayer walks at various junctions, crossroads and high accident risk zones.
The campaign will end in January 2018.