Citi FM and Citi TV have begun a campaign against all forms of indiscipline in the country.
The first leg of the campaign is aimed at checking indiscipline on roads.
This particular campaign will also put regulatory bodies on their toes to ensure that the various road safety laws are enforced.
The #WarAgainstIndiscipline -Be the change campaign [#WAI] is to avert the increasing loss of lives through road carnage due to recklessness and general disregard for traffic regulations.
[contextly_sidebar id=”itEOSyZWlT6BwbjgHgqeYJCKvNb3odbK”]The campaign will be pushed on Citi FM, Citi TV, citinewsroom.com and the station’s social media platforms to draw attention the nuisance caused by drivers and motorbike riders on Ghana’s roads.
Managing Director of Citi FM/TV, Samuel Atta-Mensah said the station as an agent of change cannot sit aloof and witness the current challenges, hence the need to lead this fight to ensure that law enforcement agencies do the right things to save lives.
“Society has to be structured in a way that there is law and order. We always have to enforce law with the mindset of creating a certain orderliness in society. Over the years, a lot of indiscipline creep into our society, which is becoming dangerous to us. We keep recording high rate of reckless and avoidable accidents. It has gone beyond the normal and we think that it is a matter of enforcing the laws which are in existence already.”
“The situation is a bit too uncomfortable, that is why we are calling the attention of the enforcers of the law, particularly the Inspector General Police to enforce the law because the buck stops at his desk. We are calling on him to take action now. People abuse sirens and indiscriminately put on their hazards – all these things must stop! As a media house, we are raising awareness by making all our channels available to remind those who have to take the decisions until things change,” he added.
The general public is encouraged to take videos and photos of persons who engage in these offences and send them to the official station’s WhatsApp contact – 0549986996 for onward forwarding to the appropriate quarters.
The police have also been accused of failing to ensure that these lawbreakers are punished for these breaches.
Public education, training and sensitization have over the years not gone down well enough, a situation which obviously accounts for these worrying developments.
What the statistics say
Data from citinewsroom.com states that over 46,000 people have been killed in road accidents since 1991.
According to statistics from the National Road Safety Commission, Ghana loses over 230 million dollars annually due to road accidents.
Poor driving skills, gross indiscipline by drivers and unworthiness of cars on Ghanaian roads according to the commission could be blamed for the accidents.
Within the last 28 years, about 46, 284 Ghanaians have been killed in road accidents nationwide.