Vodafone Ghana gives GH¢50,000 for road safety research

The Vodafone Ghana Foundation has made GH¢50,000 available to fund a detailed study on the root causes of road accidents in Ghana.

A statement from Vodafone Ghana says the study will be led by the University of Cape Coast with support from the National Road Safety Commission and other project partners.

It is expected to be ready in December 2010.

The statement quoted the CEO of Vodafone Ghana, Mr. Kyle Whitehill as saying that funding the road safety study is part of its contribution to efforts at reducing the number of road accidents in the country.

He says Vodafone decided to do the National Baseline study on Road Safety based on evidence and discussions between the Vodafone Ghana Foundation, the National Road Safety Commission and its partners.

Mr. Whitehill says the discussions showed that it is time for a different approach to how Road Safety is tackled in Ghana, adding that no one has conducted a study like that before in Ghana.

The study will analyse the causes of road accidents in Ghana and redefine and refocus preventative measures.

Mr. Whitehall says the study will enable stakeholders to improve road safety by properly channelling future resources in areas, which will make a real difference in saving lives.

He says the study will also provide groundbreaking insights that will inform government policy on road safety.

It is also intended to be a primary reference work in the field of road safety for government and its development partners.

Prof. Albert Abane of the University of Cape Coast is the lead researcher, and he says the study will provide an opportunity for Ghanaians to understand and research different but critical angles to the issue of Road Safety.

He says findings could very well provide answers to road safety issues in Ghana and in other the African countries.

By Samuel Dowuona

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