Cameroon needs to take critical steps to curtail the number of people dying and suffering from injuries resulting from road crashes, according to a report released on Thursday.
The report dubbed “Cameroon Road Safety Performance Review Report’’ was jointly commissioned by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE).
The report was presented to the Cameroonian government by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Road Safety, Jean Todt.
According to the report, about 1,500 persons die from more than 16,000 road crashes annually in Cameroon since 2011.
The UN wants Cameroon to step up efforts to hit the 50 per cent reduction target envisaged by the UN Decade of Action on Road Safety, Todt said.
“UN is ready to support Cameroon in its drive to curb road accidents” he added.
The report recommended that Cameroon needed to quicken the ongoing effort to establish a database at Cameroon’s National School of Public Works.
The country was also advised to align the database with the minimum set of road safety indicators being compiled by the African Transport Policy Programme and accelerate the process of designating a Lead Road Safety Agency, if it must overcome road safety challenges.