On a mission to save lives: KSG mainstreams road safety in a bid to secure roadsKSG-admin
By Gabriel Odhyambo
The government is mainstreaming road safety as an integral part in all programs and projects. To realize this target, the 17th Cycle of Performance Contracting 2020/2021 Circular introduced Road Safety Mainstreaming as a new indicator.
Evidently, the Kenya School of Government is committed to include road safety programs in its operations in order to contribute towards the reduction of road traffic injuries and resulting deaths.
Demographics from the data on road crashes, as shared by the facilitators from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), indicated that a good percentage of road accidents are avoidable. For this reason the government found it necessary to mainstream road safety activities in all government agencies and departments with an aim of reaching more citizens.
In this regard, the School appointed a Committee comprising Agnes Laikera (Chairman), and seven members drawn from across the School campuses including Samwel Kumba and Margaret Esibwe (Lower Kabete), Catherine Katee (Mombasa), Edwin Lesidai (Embu), Kennedy Benister Mukangai (Baringo), Emily Shake (Matuga) and Rahab Kahenya as the Secretary, to spearhead implementation of the initiative.
KSG in collaboration with the NTSA organized a technical training for the Road Safety Committee at the Mombasa Campus this week to bring them up to speed on their roles.
The Committee learnt that road accidents ranked among the leading causes of death worldwide, hampering the economic well-being and performance of nations. Indeed, the accidents result to more than a million deaths annually as well as permanent disability of persons, majority of whom are economically active.
Available data indicate that road traffic injuries are the eighth leading cause of death globally, and the leading cause of death among young adults between the ages of 15 and 24.
Last year alone, 1.3 million people were killed and another 50 million were injured in road crashes across the world. Moreover, 90 per cent of these deaths occurred in low and middle-income countries.
In Kenya, according to the statistics from NTSA, more than 3,000 road deaths occur annually. Some of the road safety risk factors that contribute towards road accidents and injuries shared by NTSA include overspeeding, driver fatigue, poor training, road engineering, environmental conditions, low levels of awareness on road safety, and poor vehicle conditions.
The Committee was told that it is, therefore, vital to conduct road safety management and coordination to reduce the risk of motor vehicle accidents, and to reduce the severity and consequences of the accidents, in case they occur.
Top on the list of the deliverables for the KSG Committee is to develop a workplace policy on road safety.
Other responsibilities include preparation of an annual implementation plan for the road safety policy, and implementation of the plan by conducting technical training for members of the road safety Campus and Corporate Committee.
The Committee is also tasked with sensitizing management and staff on road safety mainstreaming, conducting specialized safety training for road users, conducting road safety training in the community and implementing mechanisms for monitoring compliance and reporting non-compliance on the road and lastly to submit quarterly reports to NTSA.
It is the intention of the School management that road safety will be entrenched by all stakeholders in order to make the roads safer, reduce loss of lives and the subsequent effects on the country’s Gross Domestic Product.