One doubts not, dear reader, that there are many Ghanaians who might share the opinion of the Regional Minister in charge of the Greater Accra Region, the Hon. Nii Afotey Agbo, that the enforcement of the new Road Regulations Law - which, amongst other edicts contained in it, bans the use of motorcycles for commercial purposes - should be suspended.
However, the question those of us who support the enforcement of the new
law, ought to pose to them, is: Why do they not also consider the
plight of the many victims (dead and alive) of the Okada motorcycle
riders' reckless disregard for the laws governing the use of roads and
highways in Ghana?
Instead of asking for the suspension of the enforcement of laws meant
to bring some sanity amongst road users - and help end the carnage on
those selfsame roads and highways - why do they not instead ask for
all motorcycle riders to be required by law to undergo training in
accredited driving schools?
Will that not ensure that at least they learn to ride their sodden
Okada motorcycles more responsibly, and follow all road regulations -
such as not riding on pavements meant for pedestrians, and stopping
when traffic lights turn red?
Above all, why does the Hon. Nii Afotey Agbo not do some lateral
thinking for a change - and suggest, for example, that the Local
Enterprise Skills Development and Employment Programme (LESDEP)
initiative adds gas-powered motorised rickshaws to the range of vehicles
it provides those it trains for self-employment?
The green type of motorised rickshaw, now used in the Indian capital
of New Delhi to lessen air pollution, can easily be assembled here
by the company responsible for the LESDEP initiative.
They can then be sold on hire-purchase terms to Okada riders who
undergo training with them - to use for commercial purposes.
If the Ghana Police Service also seeks accreditation for its own
motorcycle despatch riders training section, would it not derive some
income training motorcycle riders nationwide, I ask?
And would that not mean an outcome that offers a win-win solution all
round - one that provides revenue for the police; ditto employment for
Okada riders; and also lessens the amount of vehicular emissions now
polluting the air in our towns and cities?
In the meantime, whiles we wait for such innovative solutions for
dealing with the menace that Okada riders on our roads represent, to
materialise, the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Ghana
Police Service must vigorously enforce all the regulations and laws
governing the use of roads and highways, in the Republic of Ghana.
As responsible citizens, in a nation of laws, none of us - particularly
government ministers - must encourage others to break the laws of
our country: For therein lies the path to chaos and disorder - the very
last thing we need in our young democracy.
For the avoidance of doubt, let the Ghana Police Service's PR
departments nationwide, use the media to make it absolutely clear, that
the new road traffic regulations law will be strictly applied to all
road users, including Okada motorcycle riders. Period.
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