By Jerry Azanduna, GNA
Garu (UE) April
17, GNA - Religious bodies across
the Upper East Region have held an interdenominational prayer service for
victims of the gory accident on section of the Kintampo road on March 27.
The Bus which
was travelling from Garu to Kumasi collided with another bus from Accra where
about 57 passengers on board died.
which was organised in conjunction with the Upper East Regional Coordinating
Council and the Garu and Tempane District Assemblies brought together various
religious groups including; Christians, Moslems and traditional worshipers who
took turns to say prayers for the dead.
Paulina Abayage, Upper East Regional Minister who was at the event charged
drivers who ply long distances to have enough rest before driving, to avoid
She called on
private transport unions to collaborate with stakeholders including; the police
to ensure that each bus travelling from the region to southern Ghana moved with
two drivers so that they could always relieve one another.
said plans were far advanced to institute legal committees that would work with
insurance companies to collect the insurance claims for deceased relatives and
survived injured victims.
that apart from the 57 persons recorded from the Garu area, two persons were
from Kasena-Nankana, five from Bongo and two from the Bawku West districts.
called on commuting members of the public to be mindful and careful when on the
road so as to reduce road accidents to protect the human resource for the
development of the country.
Abugragoe Azoka ll Paramount Chief of the Bawku Traditional Area in a speech
read on his behalf by Mr Patrick Adakudugu lamented on the careless nature of
some drivers and urged government to institute measures to curb the menace.
Chief noted “we cannot help trying to think about the cause of the accident and
how such a situation could be prevented in the future”.
He added, “even
as lay people we know that most of our commercial drivers do not take enough
rest and doze off while driving on our high ways. Some even rely on smoking and
taking other substances to keep them awake”, he added.
He urged transport
regulatory bodies to see the urgent need to strengthen and adequately
enforce the law to deal with safety
issues on the roads.
communities in the Garu and Tempane districts were affected.