Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, the monarch of the Asante Kingdom, has ordered the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) of Ghana to prosecute anyone who breaks traffic laws and then claims to be affiliated with him.
During a courtesy call, a delegation from the National Road Safety Authority, led by the Executive Director, Ing. May Obiri-Yeboah, humbly offered His Majesty the Commission’s Ambassadorial position.
“Road Safety wishes to recommend to Your Majesty that you be appointed as the National Road Safety Ambassador, and with your approval, we will do so… Mr. Jermaine Nkrumah, spokesperson for the delegation and Board Chairman of NRSA, stated, “I know your influence goes beyond the Ashanti region; your influence is global.”
As of the end of September, a total of 11,858 crashes had occurred across the country, resulting in 11659 injuries and 2,127 deaths. According to NRSA records, there were 2,524 crashes in the Ashanti area, with 2,699 injuries and 423 deaths.
It was stated that a person of global power, such as His Majesty, would be the greatest person to assist in dealing with the numerous crashes on our roadways.
“Employees associate Manhyia Palace with the stickers, putting our people (at NRSA) in a tough position to contain them,” he explained as a key impediment to their efforts.
Accepting the Ambassadorial proposal, Otumfuo tasked the Commission with enforcing the road restrictions with zeal, regardless of the quality of the individuals they met.
“Anyone can print my photo and put it on their automobile.” Is my photograph an immunity license? No, arrest anybody you want, and when it comes to my attention, I’ll come to check to see whether it’s my car. My photographs aren’t plastered all over any of my vehicles. No one can paste my photo on his car and claim to be from Manhyia because my car has no photos. He stated, “Manhyia does not grant licenses.”
According to Otumfuo, he makes sure that his vehicles and drivers are properly documented.
He urged law enforcement agencies to pursue anybody, including some of his leaders, who would try to exploit his name to defend their wrongdoings.