MONROVIA, Montserrado â€“ Amid the increasing rate of traffic-related fatalities in Liberia, a public discussion on road safety will be held among key stakeholders on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at the University of Liberia Auditorium, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The event is organized through the initiative of the Liberia National Police under the leadership of Inspector General Patrick T. Sudue in collaboration with Save Life Liberia, an NGO that advocates for road safety, the Ministry of Public Works, Millennium Challenge Account-Liberia, and the German development agency GIZ, with the institutional support of the Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation.
The public discussion precedes the planned second edition of the Safe Streets Festival in Monrovia on the 11th of May 2019. The Safe Streets Festival also coincides with the 5th United Nations Global Road Safety Week 2019 (May 6-12), which will be held under the theme of â€œleadership for road safety.â€
This public discussion will have two tables with leaders in road safety in Liberia. The first table features experts and participants from civil society while the second table features representatives of relevant government institutions.
- Vasco Masseh, CEO, Save Life Liberia
- Sandy Dinnwall, President, Federation of Road Transport Union
- Sampson Tweh, President, Liberia Motorcyclists Union
- Victor Mengot, International Road Safety Expert, Cardno IT
- Victor Stewart, Director for Roads, Millennium Challenge Account for Liberia
- Jomah S. Jallah, Traffic Court Judge
- James Reynolds, Assistant Minister for Planning, Ministry of Public Works
- Edrick Noah, Assistant Minister for Public Safety, Ministry of Justice
- Dave Daewoo, TSU Coordinator, Ministry of Transport
- Fred Gaye, Chief Accident Investigator, Liberia National Police
- Mark Luke, Director for Emergency Medical Response (EMR), Ministry of Health
The discussion will be moderated by Jefferson Krua, CEO of The Bush Chicken online newspaper. Krua also holds a Master of Science degree in Transportation Infrastructure and Systems Engineering.
The governmental stakeholders are expected to share with the forum their work and the challenges they face in addressing road safety in the wake of the alarming accident rates in Liberia.
Road victims, civil society organizations, media institutions, diplomatic missions, pedestrians, marketers, students, youths, persons with disabilities, corporate partners, policymakers, and the general public are invited to the forum.