Road safety efforts should be harmonised: !Owos-Oab

18 Jan 2018 11:00am
KARIBIB, 18 JAN (NAMPA) - National Road Safety Council (NRSC) Chairman, Eliphas !Owos-Oab has called for the harmonisation of efforts to curb road carnage in Namibia.
In a recent interview with Nampa, !Owos-Oab said this can be realised by the unification of traffic law enforcement agencies from local authorities, the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Roads Authority (RA) and NRSC under one umbrella.
According to !Owos-Oab, the NRSC has submitted a draft proposal in this regard to Parliament.
“Bringing the road traffic management systems under one umbrella is in tandem with the ‘United Nations decade of action’, that each and every member country should have a lead agency. We have a law enforcement arrangement that is stratified and fragmented,” he said.
!Owos-Oab noted that having separate law enforcement and traffic safety management units resorting under local authorities, NamPol and the RA is not healthy for a small country like Namibia.
“All these entities are under different managements, different directorates and different mandates. What we want to do is harmonise them and bring them under one umbrella so that when we put up a national road strategy, all these entities are aligned to that strategy.”
Sharing similar sentiments, City Police Chief, Abraham Kanime said a traffic system can only meet its objectives if it operates in harmony.
“It is an action in the right direction that we harmonise our approach; harmonise, synchronise and integrate,” Kanime said.
The mission of the NRSC is to ensure the safety of all road users and that all necessary efforts are taken towards preventing traffic deaths and injuries.
The RA, whose core business is to construct and maintain Namibia’s road sector, manages the safety and efficiency of Namibia’s national road network to support economic growth, while NamPol’s Traffic Law and Enforcement Directorate, the City Police’s Traffic Management Unit and other local authority traffic departments patrol roads to enhance road safety, minimise accidents and attend to accident scenes.