Yaa Naa Is Road Safety Ambassador

Yaa Naa, Abukari Mahama II

The National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) has conferred on the Yaa Naa, Abukari Mahama II, the Overlord of Dagbon; the “Goodwill Ambassador” for National Road Safety.

The honour, which was done by officials of the NRSA at the Gbewaa Palace in Yendi, in the Northern Region, was in recognition of his continuous counsel to road users and commitment to improving road safety in the country.

The NRSA described the Yaa-Naa as an eminent king, who has stabilized the peace in Dagbon and consistently reached out to the citizenry with messages on road safety everywhere he travelled throughout the country.

The Board Chairman of the NRSA, Rev. Ismaila Hamilston Awudu, said a road safety ambassador works towards ensuring road safety through attitudinal challenge among road users.

He expressed worry about the alarming rate of road accidents in the country and said about 6,844 road traffic crashes were reported for the first half of the year in June, which led to 1,252 deaths and 7,043 injuries.

“The idea behind the conferment of a Road Safety Goodwill Ambassador on our noble Yaa-Naa Abukari is that, it is important to employ the voices and faces of nobility in influencing thoughts and attitudes, which will promote safer road use, leading to economic growth”, he said.

The Executive Director of the NRSA, Mrs. May Obiri Yeboah, said the Authority was working closely with other stakeholders, including the Police and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) to train about 13,000 drivers on accident prone roads.

This, she indicated would aid the ambassador’s efforts and curb vehicle crashes on highways, especially with the enforcement of laws from the police and other road safety institutions.

The Yaa-Naa commended government, the NRSA, and other road governing bodies for their immense efforts towards ensuring the wellbeing of the citizenry.

He pledged his commitment and total support to campaign, to promote road safety in its totality, to reduce road accidents in the Northern Region and Ghana as a whole.

The Yaa-Naa urged vehicle users to obtain drivers’ license, register their vehicles, drive vehicles with proper mirrors and embrace the use of crash helmets when riding motorcycles.

The NRSA is one of the agencies at the Road Transport Ministry; it has established and built strategic partnerships with the Yaa-Naa.