The Sangy Foundation, an NGO, has painted some pedestrian crossings for some basic schools in Accra, including the Holy Family Catholic Cluster of Schools.
The school comprises a church, the Abossey Okai RC Basic and JHS, Mataheko Basic and JHS and St. Peter Claver School, a French school.
Co-Founder of the Foundation Sarah Nana Yeboah said the project was just the latest the company had undertaken a part of its social responsibility to ensure that children can access to education and proper health care safely.
“Over the years our aim has been to promote quality education and healthcare in the country. And over the past five years we have renovated schools, we have built some, we have built libraries, we have signed about six thousand children onto the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), we supply school material and we pay school fees for girls,” she said
“I think that making the road safe on this patriotic day is to just give back to society in the little way we can. It’s not going to be a one-day affair; we want to make the business of this country my personal business and the business of our volunteers. It’s about time people of this country take up the responsibilities of this country and help.”
The gesture, she noted, is borne out of the need to address the alarming rate of road crashes involving children.
She added that research indicates that a large number of these accidents are caused by the absence of the zebra crossings.
According to Madam Yeboah, the move will ensure commercial drivers obey motor and traffic regulations to prevent further loss of lives, particularly involving children, on our roads.
“In 2018, as a nurse at Ridge Hospital myself, and after a lot of surveys, research we released showed that road traffic accidents are a major problem in this country. We decided to take an aspect of it, so we decided to go with keeping our children safe on our roads, and this is our theme and campaign for 2018, from educating children on how to use our roads, to educating drivers on how to ply the roads and respect children when they are on the roads.”
She stated that her outfit had partnered with the Road Safety Commission and a few other groups on the project.
“I work with extremely passionate volunteers who are ready to go around the country, anywhere. We are going to do two or three markings every month.
“We are blessed to have the National Road Safety Commission on board, the Department of Urban Roads, a Bloomberg philanthropist, an international NGO and Level 300 students of the Central University on board. We feel that the government of this country has a lot of problems on their heads. We used a little over eight hundred cedis on this project, because of the quality of paint, this one is not going to fade, even if it does we have a maintenance culture and so we are ready to deepen it.”
Rev. Father Delasi Parku, parish priest of Holy Family Catholic Church commended them expressing his belief that the new markings would reduce accidents on the roads.
“It’s a very busy road and there has not been any zebra crossing here and we think it’s good to do it such that drivers will be conscious of the fact that children are crossing. We don’t want to wait till something happens before we look for a remedy, and luckily the Sangy Foundation have volunteered and are doing it at their own cost,” he said.
“It’s a very good initiative and I think its necessary we need it where lots of people cross our roads, because some drivers do not care whether there is a human being crossing or not, they drive anyhow.”
By: Ann-Shirley Ziwu/citifmonline.com/Ghana