Known as lollipop stands, the signs would help students to cross busy roads with ease and prevent them from being knocked down by vehicles.
Managing Director of OmniBank, Philip Oti- Mensah who presented the 25 pieces of the crossing aids valued at GHC50,000, explained it formed part of the bank’s corporate social responsibility.
“Everywhere we are, we make sure we support children to develop well so this is just one of the blocks of our corporate social responsibility. We do it around November every year because around that time we have world children’s day and world road safety day,” he said.
Mr. Oti-Mensah expressed OmniBank’s readiness to continue supporting the National Road Safety Commission in ensuring that the rate of avoidable accidents that are daily recorded in our cities are reduced.Consequently, he said they will partner the Commission to embark on campaign to educate commercial drivers, especially taxi and trotro drivers, against intra-city accidents.
“Generally, we would like to reduce the number of accidents on the road but particularly we are interested in inner city accidents. These small, small accidents are avoidable and we would like to partner with them to train taxi drivers and trotro drivers in the inner cities so that accidents can be avoided,” he said.
Executive Director of the National Road Safety Commission, Mrs. May Obiri-Yeboah, commended the Bank for the gesture, promising to put the crossing aids into good use.“Children are small; a lot of them are so small [that] drivers may not see them and I am happy what they have brought is red so it’s conspicuous. When the child picks it up, any driver from afar sees, so this is an addition to the pedestrian crossings to make it easier for the children to cross,” she said.
She revealed the World Bank has seen the usefulness of the lollipop stands, and has committed to supply them 850 pieces within a three-year period, noting the “World Bank would never have supported it if they did not see positive thing about it”.
Currently she said there is a study ongoing to determine the areas across the country where those lollipop stands would be mounted, stating that they will consider areas where school children mostly cross as well as highly populated areas where crossing roads are difficult for pedestrians.
Meanwhile, she said the Commission would continue to educate the road users to observe road signs especially pedestrian crossing signs which drivers often disregard.
“We are ready every time because it is our duty to ensure that the deaths and injuries go down so anything we can do to help our stakeholders to ensure they do their work that is number one. We are ready to support them, if there is the need to go to any place to educate people or go with them to do any kind of enforcement,” she assured the Police and other stakeholders.
By Stephen Kwabena Effah|3news.com|Ghana