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The Transport Minister Leads a Zero-Tolerance Road Safety Campaign
Category :- Economy and Finance Author :- Fonban Emmanuel 
Posted on June 5, 2018, 8:46 am
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The Minister of Transport, Ernest Massena Ngalle Bibehe has launched a zero-tolerance road safety campaign in his newest move to truncate road accidents in Cameroon. This move was ignited on Friday, 1 June 2018 with a caravan who visited transportation agencies and then the checkpoint at Nkolguem in the Center Region of Cameroon. Accompanying the Transport Minister was the Governor for Center Region, Naseri Paul Bea, whose silent presence was significant of the seriousness of the campaign. The Director of Road Transport, Mbamome Nkendong Divine was equally present with his collaborators in road safety issues.

The Campaign began with a visit to the United Express bus station, where the Minister met the General Manager in the person of Paul Netongo and his working staff. The Minister and his team inspected the working facilities of the United Express and encouraged the General Manager of United Express to ensure safety of travelers in his agency.

Next was the Touristique Express where the Minister conducted same exercise and handed some gifts. The campaign further moved to the Etoudi and Emana neighborhoods where the car technical checkpoints were visited and facilities evaluated. The Minister benefited from a free check service of his car before departing from the SATELITE NGONO  at Etoudi.

From there, the team still accompanied by the governor continued the campaign to the Yaounde-Bafoussam highway at Nkolguem. At that point, the Minister and his team championed the road safety campaign by checking road users. The importance of this was emphasized by the Director of Road Transport who said; “You would imagine that 2016, we had about 6000persons that were killed in Cameroon in road accidents and about 4000 Cameroonians that were seriously injured and 70% of those accidents are caused by poor driving and irresponsible attitude of road users. So the Minister came on the field today to send a very firm signal on the vehicles that were found today, overloaded vehicles they were all impounded. The Minister also launched a special mobile application to identify all drivers’ license which shall be used to identify all drivers’ license in use”.

The campaign which took most drivers unaware trapped some in faults that did not go without punishment. For instance, using alcolizers to test alcohol consumption in drivers, three drivers were tested and two found guilty of consuming alcohol at Nkolguem. Their driver’s license were temporally seized from them by the ministerial team including that of a taxi driver who was carrying five people in his taxi who had three babies. According to the Minister, the children who were all less than two were already an excess load.

However, the campaign was said to have covered the whole territory and championed in regions by the regional delegates of the ministry of transport. In good faith to perfect this, the ministry of transport has also come up with an application that will assist those in road safety services

“Once you apply that application on the field, the Ministry is aware immediately that you have controlled. So there is a system that checks even those who are supposed to do the control so that the checks are going to be done efficiently” said the Director of Road Transport.

As the Ministry of Transport embarks on this campaign, expectations are high on reducing the road accidents whereas, it would be more serious if implementation of road safety policies is consistent.



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