Do the right thing and save lives-NRSC

Martin Endjala

As the custodian of road safety regulator in the country, the National Roads Safety Council of Namibia (NRSC) has again embarked on the daunting task of ensuring that the festive season is free of fatalities on the road by launching today its road safety campaign.
The NRSC Executive Secretary, Eugene Tendekule, says the campaign will be rolled out across the country, targeting the B1 and B2 routes respectfully, identified as a hot zone of accidents. From 1-7 December, live calls and interviews will be activated in the Otjozondjupa region, and 15-18 December it will be in Oshana stretching to Erongo region till the 21st December and then revert back to the Khomas region on 9 January, 2023 and close off from the 14th January till the 20th January in the Otjozondjupa region. An accountability report is expected to be completed and availed to the relevant stakeholders, THE Motor Vehicle Fund (MVA), Road Authority (RA), Road FUND Administration ( RFA)Namibian Police (, NAMPOL) as well as the Windhoek Observer.

With a 50 percent dedication on to the social media, targeting the vibrant youth, as they often use the social media space, NRSC says this as a way to breach the gap of inclusivity, 15 percent is radio while 12 percent will be print. Deputy Minister of Works and Transport,Veikko Nekundi, says , ones right cannot be at the expense of people’s lives, thus stressing that it is high time that heavy punishment is given to those found driving recklessly or not adhering to the rules of the road.
In a speech read on his behalf, Minister John Mutorwa said that the duty is bestowed upon operatives within the sub-sector to holistically synergise and provide a conducive atmosphere enabling safe travel on all sections on the national road. Adding that efforts must be put in place to negate or mitigate the impact of any negative externality that is likely to occur. According to statistics 1 January 2022 to 6 November 2022, against the same period last year, 2652 motor vehicle crashes were recorded compared to 2673 crashes the same period last year. This resulted in 393 fatalities this year alone, compared to last year’s 438, translating into an eleven percent reduction while injuries decreased from 4 496-4612 translating into to a three percent.
With July, August, October and December said to be the months on a consistent basis with the highest number of crashes, the government is calling on citizens, law enforcement agencies and road safety practitioners, to promote good cause for safer roads in Namibia, and road education during this festive season.
.Namibian Police Inspector General (IG) ,Joseph Shikongo, is cautioning those traveling during this busy times to do it timely and orderly by planning it in advance, to avoid rushing on the road. He further warns those found on the other side of the law that no pity will be given to anyone, as all road users ought to adhere to the rules of the road. Speeding, vehicles compliances, alcohol testing are amongst the focus. Thus the force has directed a sizeable number of traffic officials to all checkpoints, and they will leave no stone unturned.Therefore drivers are urged to obey and abide to the rules, as it is the only way to mitigate fatalities The IG also announced the N$15 million worth of equipment, vehicles, and cameras, amongst other, which were handed to them yesterday by the Roads Fund Administration and vowed to look after them with commitments in attaining a 50 percent fatality decline by 2030.
RFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ali Iipinge, pledgeS to add an ambulance to the already gathered N$806 by the MVA to mobilize its Divundu emergency response post. Reiterating that the RFA will continue to invest in the improvement of road safety in the country. He also cautions road users not to make use of the sign boards as shooting targets as this deepens the pockets of the RFA instead of directing this funds to other equal important elements. Iipinge informs that N$30 million was envisaged for the 2022/2023 financial year towards road safety particularly the law enforcement, were N$24 million has already been used to acquire 37 vehicles, which were handed over yesterday in Windhoek, including rebranding of its vehicles.
NSRC Chairperson, Eliphas!owos-Oab, is confident that with the equipment, amongst others, the law enforcement is now resourced to carry out its mandate. Accentuating that it is now incumbent upon them to go out and ensure that the safety on the road is adhered too, and necessary penalties is given to those who break the law.

By Observer