Motor Bike Murders; Help Save Lives in Tamale

Tamale is no doubt a motor bike zone but the motor bikes have now turned into the murderers of the young. Three years ago, my mother who went to the Tamale Teaching Hospital told me about a motor accident which crushed a young man’s head leaving his body jerking for minutes on a stretcher, obviously being left to die because there was nothing any one could do to save him. A former colleague at Bishara Radio; Eric kwewu, died last year  through motor bike accident. He was riding to one of the villages in Tamale without a crash helmet, reports say he fell, hit his head on a stone and died instantly leaving his wife and family and rushing to the land of the unknown. Whenever there is a rally, a funeral or celebrations of any sort in Tamale, many are those who end up maimed or lose their lives because of motor bikes.

Yesterday, I had a health issue and was rushed to the emergency ward of the Tamale Teaching Hospital, when I woke up, I saw a young man of about 24 years bleeding profusely with many bruises on his body. As they spoke while tending to him, I got to know it was through a motor accident. He was riding without a crash helmet and crashed into someone. My pressure started going up and the doctors complained that I had to be detained. I knew my problem, and knowing an important person there, I told her to get me out of there by all means.

During my infusions, another young man of about 25 years, entered with head injuries and bruises all over his body. He wanted the workers to help him because according to him, there was another patient who was in a crucial state than he was and needed care. When the old man was brought in, I begged to go to the bathroom and vomited for minutes. The man who was sitting behind the hurt rider had half of his body butchered like that of a cow. A brother who was with me also brought out all that was in his stomach and refused to eat because of what he saw.

So in a matter of five hours spent at the hospital, I witnessed two gruesome accidents caused by motor bikes at the Tamale Teaching Hospital and I asked myself why nobody is doing anything to erase this canker. I can say for a fact that most of the deaths that occur in Tamale are caused by motor accidents.

Riders do not care about wearing helmets, they complain there is heat in helmets. When they ride, most of them do not care about the traffic regulations. It is easy to see a motor rider insulting a pedestrian after refusing to blow his horn when he came from behind. I have realised to most, the speed tells of the skills of the riders and so they bask in how people perceive them.  And oh, it is easy to see these overloadings anywhere.

I know many are teaching safety on our roads on radio and televisions. It is time to stop talking on radio stations and concentrate on the happenings on our roads. I will not mention names but I will say that the youth are being made to go waste because of lack of checks on our roads. The indiscipline is causing us lives. I know when some are arrested, their families mobilise themselves to attack the police but if we know they fear the soldiers, why don’t we bring them in to help? Please help! Help save lives in Tamale if you know you have the authority to do so. What is a tree with only brown leaves on top and many greens beneath? Ask yourself and wake up, for Tamale can be that tree.

     Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 2015

By amoafowaa

Just a simple Ghanaian trying to find the best in our society. I may be fun, I may be interesting, I may be funny, I may even be foolish or intelligent, but it is all based on the mood in which you find yourself. I believe our minds make us who we are. Know that, pain, no matter its 'unbearability', is transient. Unburden or delight yourself for a while in my writings please. And all corrections, advice and opinions are welcome. Know that you are the king, queen or royal on this blog. :)

7 replies on “Motor Bike Murders; Help Save Lives in Tamale”

I hope you’re feeling better. From your article I can see there need to be either new laws enacted or enforcement of current traffic regulations for these Motor Bike riders. Not only for their safety but for pedestrians and other vehicular traffic. So many tragic accidents can be avoided just by wearing proper safety helmets and obeying traffic laws plus common sense. I hope your post will wake people up.

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Bless you, hope you are feeling better.

We call it Okada in Nigeria, in the southwest at least. It is incredible how very little we truly care for our lives. My in-law once said I was ‘different now’ because I refused to sit on an Okada with 25kg of load at the same time, I told him I am wiser, acknowledging the many potholes on the road and the fact that I only have one life.

On crash helmet, it is a whole other story in Nigeria especially in some rural ares where folks use calabash – my people! I don’t know but I hope one day we can be wise enough to take our lives more seriously.

Hopefully the people of Tamale would read this and thank you for shedding lights.

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