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Gambia: Transport Ministry, Partners Hold Forum to Tackle Road Traffic Accidents

The Ministry of Transport, Works and Infrastructure (MoTWI) and its partners have recently held a day-long forum on road safety in a bid to tackle the spate of road traffic accidents across the country.

Held at a local hotel in Kololi, the event was meant to brainstorm on ways and means to address the endless road traffic accidents, some of which were fatal.

A dispatch prepared by Lamin Njie, Assistant Information Officer from the aforesaid Ministry, stated that the forum brought together different stakeholders in the country’s transport system and they include the Transport Ministry, National Roads Authority, Police, Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital, General Transport Union and other NGOs, with the theme: “Making a Clarion Call for Action to Remedy the National Road Safety Crises”

Permanent Secretary at the Transport Ministry Mod K. Ceesay, said in 2021 alone, the Gambia Police Force (GPF) recorded 620 minor or non-injuries; 349 serious injuries and 138 fatal road traffic accidents, with significant damage to vehicles and properties.

PS Ceesay said the Gambia like many other countries, is faced with challenges of road safety as the population grows in numbers significantly. He said the rise in motor vehicle accidents and the degenerating conditions of the country’s roads, are also among the causes of increased road traffic accidents particularly in urban settlements.

“While this is not negative in its very nature, the road traffic system plus road user attitude in our network remains a challenge and as such, people are killed or seriously injured on our roads,” he said.