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MoTWI PS Says Road Safety Comprises Gambia’s ‘Biggest Menaces’

Ebrima Sisawo
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Works, and Infrastructure 

Ebrima Sisawo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Works, and Infrastructure Tuesday said road safety constitutes the “biggest menaces” The Gambia faces.

“Road safety is one of the biggest menaces, which is confronting our nation,” he said.

He made the remarks at the opening of a day’s workshop by his ministry for journalists on road safety underway at a local hotel in Senegambia. 

PS Sisawo added that the session would enlighten people to avoid mistakes that lead to fatal accidents in the country.

The Ministry of Transport, Works, and Infrastructure (MoTWI) workshop is meant to boost the road safety awareness of the media personnel and improve their reporting skills on the subject. 

The workshop is in line with the ministry’s efforts to increase road safety knowledge to achieve The Gambia’s vision of zero road fatalities or serious injuries by 2030.

The Director of Transport at the Ministry of Transport, Works, and Infrastructure, Essa Drammeh did a presentation on Gambia’s Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030; while Momodou Gassama of the World Health Organisation presented on the Global Road Safety status. 

The Gambia’s Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030 which has 8 priority areas and more than 10 safety performance targets, envisages “zero road fatalities or serious injuries” in the country by 2030.

The Commissioner of Mobile Traffic at the Gambia Police Force, Lamin King Colley is scheduled to do a presentation on the Motor Traffic Amendment Act, later in the day.

Meanwhile, The Gambia is initially ranked the 4th worst country globally, in terms of road safety according to the World Life Expectancy ranking of 183 countries; but the country has now improved to 8th position led by Dominican Republic, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Liberia, Eritrea, Uganda, and Burundi.

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