Accra, July 27, GNA – Street Sense Organisation (SSO), a Non-Governmental Organisation, championing road education and safety in the country, has sworn in an eleven-member Board of Trustees to play advisory roles for the Organisation.
SSO, formed two years ago, is aimed at educating road users, drivers, pedestrians and motorists on prohibitive informative and directional signs; rights and responsibilities; rules and regulations governing the use of road.
It is also aimed at assisting the Ghana Highway Authority to redeploy and install road signs and re-fix defectives ones; assist accident victims to recuperate by pre-financing their treatment while they try to make contacts with family members.
Mr Oswald Lavoe, the Executive Director of SSO, said apart from working with stakeholders toward the realisation of United Nations Decade of Action on Road Safety, SSO would occasionally conduct research on pressing road safety related issues and advice government, through the National Road Safety Commission on policy directions and initiatives.
The SSO, he said, would as part of its objectives encourage and promote tree growing along roads in collaboration with stakeholders, promote volunteerism in all matters concerning road safety and sanitation.
He said he was motivated to form the organisation because he was once an accident victim and it took a taxi driver and a lady to save his life and has since then believed that if accident victims get immediate medical attention, they could at least save their lives.
“Since that personal experience I always want to do something to help accident victims to at least have their lives, hence the formation of the SSO in 2014,” Mr Lavoe said.
He said to achieve that aim, he tried to convince some of his friends who are also accident victims to join him form the organisation.
Mr Lavoe announced that the organisation is preparing brochures on road signs and safety, which would be translated into local languages for schools and the public free of charge as their quota to fight the road carnage in Ghana.
He, therefore, appealed to corporate institutions and the public to support them in that direction to enable them reach out to the larger public.
Mr Samson H.A.V Oddoye, the legal representative on the Board, on behalf of his colleagues, thanked the Management of SSO for singling them out to be trustees of the Board and to support with the activities of the organisation.
He said the honour done them has put a great burden on their shoulders to help the organisation achieve its mandates and assured stakeholders of their commitment to build SSO to an enviable organisation.
Mr Oddoye said as Trustees they would influence policies to ensure that road signs and safety are enhanced to meet international expectations.