Climate change mitigation: Time running out as Government cuts double whip
Published 14th November 2010 - 0 comments - 817 views -
The government of Ghana is intending to enhance public transport system to reduce traffic congestion at the same time minimize carbon mono oxides release into the atmosphere to enhance air quality. The Northern regional Minister Mr. Moses Mabengba Bukari said this in an interview with the Enquirer in Tamale over the weekends. The plan to reduce the use of private cars is part of the government climate change mitigation plans as time is running out of hand, the minister said. Mr. Mabengba who expressed worry about wrecked vehicles or non road worthy cars that are still on the roads observed that these vehicles were part of traffic congestion and air pollution in the country and need to be get rid off. The minister told the Enquirer after he led road safety walk through the principal streets of Tamale as part of efforts to promote road safety in the wake of rampant road accidents recorded these days in the country. The minister said the government had instituted public transport day to encourage people to at least use public means of transport to reduce the release of environmental unfriendly carbons into the atmosphere. He said carbons are dangerous and contribute to the depletion of ozone layer and need to be dealt with. Though people are said to be poor in Ghana it has about 15 million vehicles in which the majority of such vehicles are used and accident cars dumped in the country by some companies from developed nations. In Ghana, it is not uncommon to see a full load of wrecked vehicles shipped into the country which are often sold at a cheaper price to individuals. The phenomenon is getting to high level that it needs legislation to regulate importation of used vehicles that often smoke uncontrollably. The road safety walk organized by the national road safety commission (NRSC) was to educate the public on road safety issues to improve the transportation system at the same time educate the public the need also to reduce carbons emission into the air to clean up the atmosphere of filth. The system the minister explained would ensure that what we called “trotro” and the use of 207 Benz buses as human transport instead of goods are minimized. “These categories of vehicles smoke a lot polluting our environment and this has health related problems”, he said. He explained that the Public Transport Day would be an annual affairs to keep reminding policy makers of the challenges in the public transportation system and it associated problems to the environment. Mr. Mabengba who described climate change as an intriguing global issue said the government wants to cut double whip with the public transport system thus dealing with traffic congestion and cleaning reduce atmospheric pollution by minimizing carbon emission to a bearer small level.
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