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Local Government Ministry Introduces Road Safety Improvement Measures at 6 Intersections in Accra

In a significant move to enhance urban road safety, the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development has announced the introduction of safety improvement measures at six critical intersections in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA). The announcement was made by Hon. Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah (MP), Minister for Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, during the close-out event of the Ghana Urban Mobility and Accessibility Project (GUMAP) held at the Alisa Hotel on July 2, 2024.


In his keynote address, Hon. Korsah emphasized the Ministry's commitment to tackling the pressing issues of urban mobility and road safety. He highlighted the significant urbanization and population growth in GAMA, which has increased pressure on transportation infrastructure and services, leading to congestion, air pollution, and inefficiencies in public transport.


"The introduction of road safety improvement measures at these six critical junctions is a strategic initiative aimed at reducing accidents, enhancing traffic flow, and ensuring the safety of all road users. These improvements are part of our broader efforts under the GUMAP to create a more efficient and safer urban transportation system," Hon. Korsah stated.


The Minister outlined that the safety measures would include enhanced traffic signals, pedestrian crossings, road markings, and other infrastructure upgrades designed to improve visibility and safety for both motorists and pedestrians. These interventions are based on extensive data and insights gathered through the GUMAP, which has been instrumental in mapping public transport routes, passenger flows, and identifying key safety concerns.


Funded by a $6 million grant from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the GUMAP has achieved significant milestones, including household travel surveys and the introduction of new urban mobility courses at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). These foundational steps have provided the necessary groundwork for targeted interventions and future investments in urban mobility.


Hon. Korsah also acknowledged that while the GUMAP has made notable progress, it has not fully resolved all urban mobility and accessibility challenges in GAMA. However, he emphasized that the project's findings provide a crucial baseline for future efforts and highlighted the importance of continued collaboration among all stakeholders.


"Addressing urban mobility and road safety issues requires a collective approach. We need the active participation of other ministries, departments, agencies, development partners, the private sector, and citizens. Together, we can create a resilient, livable, and sustainable urban environment for all," Hon. Korsah affirmed.


Dr. Evans Aggrey Darkoh, Chairman for the occasion, underscored the need for sustained efforts in addressing urban mobility challenges. "The success of these initiatives hinges on our commitment to continuous improvement and stakeholder engagement. It's not just about implementing measures, but also about monitoring their effectiveness and making necessary adjustments," he remarked.


Adding to the discussion, Hon. Abdulai Abanga, Deputy Minister for Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, highlighted the importance of community involvement. "For these safety measures to be effective, we must engage with local communities, raise awareness about road safety, and ensure that the public understands and supports these initiatives. Their cooperation is crucial for the success of our efforts," he said.


The Forum served as a platform to share the achievements and lessons learned from GUMAP, fostering synergies and enhancing partnerships towards improving urban mobility and road safety in Ghana. The Minister's announcement of the new safety measures marks a critical step in the Ministry's ongoing efforts to create safer and more efficient urban transport systems in Accra.

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DACF - RFG Technical Working Group brainstorms on best practices

Members of the District Assemblies Common Fund- Response Factor Grant (DACF-RFG) Technical Working Committee brainstorms on best practices for the successful implementation and effective conduct of the District Assemblies Performance Assessment Tool (DPAT) for an improved local government system.

They also discussed the update on work plans and budget of national implementing institutions, update on DPAT VI transfers, status of DPAT VII (2022) allocation, emerging issues from pre-negotiation/consultation meeting with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and the feasibility of commitment by the Government of Ghana (GoG) and Development Partners (DPs) for the District Assemblies Performance Assessment Tool (DPAT) VIII (2023).

The meeting was at the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, and chaired by Hon. Miracles Aboagye, the Executive Secretary of the Inter-Jurisdictional, Ministerial Management Committee (IMCC).

Present at the meeting was the Chief Director of the MLGDRD, Amin Abdul-Rahaman, and representatives from the Ministry of Finance, Reconstruction Credit Institute (KFW), the Institute of Local Government Service (ILGS), State Secretariate for Economic Affairs (SECO).


Source: Sandra Owusu Asamoah
                Public Relations Unit, MLGDRD

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ICMC holds maiden meeting

An Inter-Jurisdictional Coordination Management Committee (ICMC) and its Steering Committee which was inaugurated under the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development (GARID) Project, to enhance coordination and resilience across the Greater Accra Region has held its maiden meeting to kick-start its mandate.

The meeting which was held at the Ministry of Local Government Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGDRD) was to elect and inaugurate executives of the ICMC to kick start their operations. Members were taken  through the mission, vision, governing structure  and the task of the ICMC. The need for a joint plan and its overview were also highlighted.

Hon. Vincent Ekow Assafuah Esq., a Deputy Minister at the Ministry who chaired the meeting on behalf the Hon. Minister, Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah was hopeful that the implementation of the ICMC framework being piloted would not only serve as a deliverable for the GARID project but the lessons learnt will form the basis for framework plan to be replicated in other non-GARID  assemblies across the country.

Elected and inaugurated as board members of the ICMC were Hon. Kofi Ofori, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Ablekuma North Municipal Assembly as Chairman, Hon. Deborah Ampofo, MCE for the Ga East Municipal Assembly as Vice Chair, Hon. Emmanuel Baisie, Coordinating Director of the Korle Klottey Municipal Assembly as Secretary, Hon. Sandra Owusu Ahenkora, MCE of Ayawaso West Municipal Assembly as the Financial Secretary, and Hon. Aminu Zakari Mohammed, MCE for the Ayawaso North Municipal Assembly as Organiser.

The ICMCis to ensure a flood-free zone and improved flood-related sanitation services for the GARID project area and their mission is to Identify flooding and flood-related sanitation issues and together implement a joint spatial plan to mitigate flooding and its effects in the seventeen (17) jurisdictions of the GARID projects.

The Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development (GARID) Project works to improve flood risk and solid waste management in the Odaw River basin and improve access to basic infrastructure and services in the targeted flood prone low-income communities in the Greater Accra region. GARID’s goal is to support mitigation measures to better manage flooding in Greater Accra region, particularly, in communities within the Odaw River basin. The project is being implemented in 17 Metroplitan and Municipal Assemblies in the Greater Accra region.

The Inter-Jurisdictional Coordination Management Committee (ICMC) and its Steering Committee are mandated to improve metropolitan planning, operations, and maintenance across the Greater Accra Region.

Source: Sandra Owusu Asamoah & Humble Owusu Yeboah
              Public Relations Unit, MLGDRD

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