Garu Residents Mourn 47 Kintampo Accident Victims

Christian prayers being said during the funeral

inter-denominational service has been held for some 47 persons from the Garu and Tempane Districts of the Upper East Region, who
perished in the accident at Kintampo which claimed over 70 lives on 22nd
March, 2019.

Relations and
friends of the deceased, as well as the District Chief Executives (DCEs) and
Members of Parliament (MPs) from Garu and Tempane, took part in traditional,
Islamic and Christian prayers and rites for the deceased.

All Municipal and
District Chief Executives and Upper East Regional Coordinating Council, including
Bongo (DCE) Peter Ayinbisa, whose district also lost three persons in the same
accident, were in attendance.

The Upper East
Regional Minister, Paulina Patience Abayage described the deaths of the people as
devastating considering the fact that many of them were bread winners who played
various roles in the development of their communities.

She added her
voice to calls on Parliament to pass a law that would make it compulsory for
all long distance buses to have more than one driver for each trip.

The Kintampo
accident has widely been blamed on one of the drivers of the two buses who dozed
off briefly.

The Regional
Minister charged the leadership of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union
(GPRTU) to ensure that drivers conduct their business in a professional manner.

“I have
asked that the DCEs for Garu and Tempane should visit the homes of the deceased
to properly console with their families and know at first-hand the challenges
their dependants are facing. It is very important that we do not leave them to
grieve alone,” the Regional Minister added.

The overlord of
the Bawku Traditional Area, Zug-Ran Bawku Naba Abugrago AsigriAzoka II, in a
speech read on his behalf, cautioned drivers against unprofessional conduct.

MP for Garu, Albert Alalzuuga Akoka, in an interview, called on the GPRTU and other transport companies to take passenger registration seriously.

From Ebo Bruce-Quansah, Garu


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