Ministries sign MoU on road safety

02 August 2021 | Accidents

NAMPA



WINDHOEK

Various ministers on Thursday signed the multi-party memorandum of understanding (MoU) on advanced and improved road safety performance in Windhoek.

The agreement was signed by ministers and deputy ministers from different ministries including health, education, works, mines, home affairs, safety and urban and rural development, as well as the chairman of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC).

This binds the respective ministries to the roles assigned to Namibia’s National Road Safety Strategy as part of the country’s second Decade of Action for Road Safety Strategy - a roadmap for the period of 2021 to 2030 - following the first strategy outlining the focus areas, objectives and initiatives the NRSC and all road safety stakeholders in Namibia intend to take to achieve improved road safety within the 10-year period.

Speaking during the signing ceremony in her capacity as road safety patron, deputy prime minister and minister of international relations and cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said the strategy was endorsed following Cabinet’s fourth decision-making meeting held in March, and it assigns various responsibilities to different institutions and role players.

She added that the signing of the MoU is also to find a way in which programmes, projects and initiatives assigned to respective ministries can find their way into these ministries’ strategic and annual plans to ensure that they collectively realise their goals of reducing fatalities on roads by 50% by the end of the decade.

Lives lost

“According to the Motor Vehicle Accident [MVA] Fund, from January to June this year, we have lost 226 lives due to road crashes,” she said.

Nandi-Ndaitwah went on to say that she believes if it was not for the Covid-19 related restrictions, the country would have recorded fatalities in excess of 300.

She further encouraged a culture of working together, saying improved road safety performance can only be achieved by working together from the perspective of the regulating authorities and the road-using members of the public.

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