Road Safety Corps In Kenema Engages Stakeholder To Clamp Down On Lawless Traffic Offenders
By SLRSA Communication and Outreach Unit
Road Safety Corps of the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA) detailed in Kenema the Eastern Regional Headquarters town on Saturday 1st September 2018, held a one day interactive session with stakeholder in Kenema to map out strategies on how to clamp down on increasing lawlessness among drivers and drivers and thus restore the much anticipated sanity on our road.
The Joint SLRSA and Sierra Leone Police Strategic Stakeholders meeting was held at the office of the Ag AIG Eastern Region Francis Nyuma Bundu to inform stakeholders about plans to crack down on both lawless riders and drivers within Kenema and it's environs. the meeting brought together representatives from the Anti Corrutpion Commission (ACC), Office of National Security (ONS) Police Partnership Board, Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF), Sierra Leone Police, Road Safety Corps, Driver's Union, Bike Riders and Kekeh Unions, and the media and was chaired by the AIG Eastern Region Francis Nyuma Bundu.
*DTO Teddy P George* in his statement, expressed grave concern over the increasing number of lawlessness among drivers and stressed the need to put an end to such lawless acts. He said the Traffic Division of the SLP will soon start arresting and charge to court any driver/rider who violates the laws.
*Deputy Route Commander Idriss L Momoh of SLRSA Safety And Enforcement Department* said drivers are in habit of using private vehicles for commercial purpose and the indiscriminate parking of trailer vehicles along the major streets in Kenema and on the highways. DRC Momoh said such act is a blatant contravention of the traffic laws of Sierra Leone. He said the SLRSA will not in any way tolerate such to continue unabated. He admonished vehicle owners and driver to desist from such act forth with or be ready to face the full penalty of the law.
The Bike Riders Union Vice Chairman Keifala Sesay referred to his union as a Partner for Development that is contributing to the socioeconomic development of the country. He pleaded with the SLP, SLRSA and Other Stakeholder to embark on Awareness Raising before embarking on such operation. Chairman Kelfala Sesay said as a responsible Union, they are committed to complimenting the efforts of the SLP and SLRSA in ensuring safer roads and fuller lives for all. He reiterated that his executive and entire membership would ensure compliance.
Mr Osman Conteh, representative from the Office of National Security (ONS)* spoke on the delay in the registration of bikes & driving license. This among other things he said are among the reasons why there has been an increasing number of unregistered and unlicenced bikes within the township of kenema. He called on the SLRSA management to be very efficient in service delivery as that will help reduce the number of unregistered and unlicenced bikes posing security threat to society.
Miss Belinda, a representative from the Anti Corruption Commission in kenema (ACC) said law enforcement is key to the fight against corruption in Sierra Leone, but such can only be possible when the laws are being enforced without any form of fear or favor. She said the ACC Act frowns at corruption of any form be it in the private sector or what have you. She admonished Personnel of the SLP and SLRSA to be very vigilant and corrupt free in the execution of their duties as mandated by law.
Representative from the Office of the Ombudsman in Kenema Mr Amara, and other key stakeholders express similar sentiments.
A grace period of one month was given to the Bike Riders and Drivers Union to ensure compliance and regularize their documentation or face the full penalty of the law.