Road Safety Assistants Support Police at Presidential Inauguration
100 Road Safety Assistants were deployed by the Road Safety Management Services Ltd, a Ghanaian-owned private firm to assist the Ghana Police Service and other security agencies at the swearing in of President John Dramani Mahama and Vice President Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur.
President Mahama and Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, took the oath of office administered by the Chief Justice, Mrs Theodora Georgina Wood before an open Parliament at the Independence Square in Accra.
Thousands of Ghanaians both old and young trooped to the Independence Square in Accra, to witness the swearing in ceremony.
Road Safety Management Services Ltd. (RSMSL), a Ghanaian-owned private company which was established to manage the spate of road accidents in Ghana – in response to a national call by the late President H.E. John Evans Atta Mills for public-private partnership towards the reduction of road traffic accidents on the country’s roads contributed immensely to the success of the inauguration.
The Managing Director of RSMSL, Air Commodore Basin Denis Dery (Rtd), together with the Operations Officer of the company, ACP Victor Tandoh (Rtd), held several planning meetings with the Ghana Police Service ahead of the Presidents’ swearing in ceremony and as a result of these meetings, RSMSL was able to offer great assistance during the swearing in ceremony.
RSMSL deployed 100 Safety Assistants to support the security personnel made up of the Ghana Police Service, the Military and the National Fire Service to maintain law and order during this all important ceremony.
The company also provided PVC road cones (including barricade lamps), combined PE warning columns, PE one-time reflective warning belts and also set up plastic barriers to aid the flow of human traffic at the inauguration grounds.
The barricades also helped control the teeming crowd and maintenance of an orderly procession into the independence square.
The inauguration grounds was planned such that, cars were not allowed to park within unthorised areas. These measures aided the free and safe movements of only specific vehicles which were designed to be used for the occasion.
In addition to the above, RSMSL provided four tow trucks (Three Tonnage tow trucks and one flat bed), which enabled the removal of any vehicle that violated the set arrangement.
The main venue for the programme, the Independent Square, was designed in the national colours. Telephone and electricity poles and trees along the streets leading to the venue, were also adorned in the national colours of red, gold and green. The Independent Arch was also not left out of the beautification exercise.
The programme was attended by a number of foreign Heads of State and their representatives including President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, President Thomas Yayi Boni of Benin, Faure Gnassinge, President of Togo, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger and Prime Minister Luc-Adolphe Tiao of Burkina Faso.
Others were Daniel Yohannes, Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, representing the Government of the United States of America, and Chen Lei, Minister for Water Resources and Dams representing the Government of China, among other world leaders.
Also in attendance were former President Jerry John Rawlings and his wife Nana Konadu Agyemen Rawlings, former President John Agyekum Kufuor, and Hassan Ayariga, the Presidential candidate of the People’s National Convention (PNC) in the December 2012 Presidential election.
President Mahama used the occasion to pay tribute to some Ghanaians who played leading roles in placing Ghana on the pedestal of hope, growth and development.
Road Safety Management Services Ltd (RSMSL) is poised to help manage road safety, especially in the area of abandoned vehicles on our roads which contributes significantly to road crashes in the nations. Sophisticated tow-trucks have been acquired to facilitate this exercise and help make Ghana a better place to live. Long live Ghana.