Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has cautioned road users to take proper precaution as the Easter long weekend approaches.
Nandi-Ndaitwah made the call on Tuesday in the National Assembly in her capacity as patron of the second Namibian chapter of the decade of action for road safety.
She said with the Easter holiday many families opt to travel long distances to visit families or friends or go to other towns for a break and as such, it is important that road users take precautions by ensuring that they plan their journeys properly.
“Easter is naturally a religious holiday and given this understanding, we should first and foremost seek travelling mercies from the almighty before embarking on our journeys,” the minister said.
She said there have been many lives lost on the country’s roads and as such, there is a need for collective action towards ensuring that the roads are safer and no lives are lost.
Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund of Namibia, Rosalia Martins-Hausiku last week announced that 698 accidents, 1165 injuries, and 95 fatalities were recorded between January and March this year. Of the fatalities, 14 were recorded during the independence weekend. Hausiku said the statistics reflect a significant reduction in road accidents as compared to the same period of previous years.
According to Ndaitwah, it is because of the significant decline in accident reports that she wishes for drivers to remain vigilant and ensure that the country collectively continues to work towards a vision where no lives are lost on the roads.
Source: Namibia Press Agency (NAMPA)