The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has expressed regret over the accidents that claimed the lives of approximately 70 people on Friday, 22 March 2019.
The party said: “The gut-wrenching details that have emerged from the two scenes have left us shocked at the scale of the two tragedies”.
This was contained in a press statement issued by Sammy Gyamfi, National Communication Officer of the NDC.
The party also called on authorities to "take urgent steps to address this disturbing phenomenon."
While 57 lives perished in the Bono East Region, 9 others also lost their lives in the Central Region, with several other people sustaining various degrees of injuries.
Scores of passengers on two huge buses, one, a VVIP bus and the other, an old bus, perished in the ghastly head-on collision that happened on the Techiman-Kintampo road around 2 a.m. on Friday at Ampomakrom within the Pamdu Electoral Area of the Bono East Region.
The Central Region crash involved a Metro Mass Transit bus with registration number AS 2951 – 10, travelling from Accra to Diaso, and a Yutong bus with registration number GN 4368 – 14, travelling in the opposite direction.
Below is the full statement by the NDC:
NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS (NDC) MOURNS WITH GHANAIANS ON A DAY OF TRAGIC ROAD ACCIDENTS.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC), joins Ghanaians in mourning the precious souls of several of our citizens who have been reported dead in two separate road accidents both of which occurred today, 22nd March, 2019.
According to unconfirmed media reports, about 80 people have died and several injured in both gory accidents which occurred at Ekumfi Dunkwa in the Central Region and on the Techiman-Kintampo road in the Bono Region. The gut-wrenching details that have emerged from the two scenes have left us shocked at the scale of the two tragedies.
The NDC joins the rest of Ghanaians in expressing our heartfelt sympathies and commiserations to the families of the departed. We pray that the good Lord grants a peaceful repose of their souls and strengthen their loved ones in this time of unspeakable grief. We also wish all those who have sustained various degrees of injuries speedy recovery.
While we mourn the dead and sympathize with the injured, it is important that we bemoan the increasing spate of road accidents that continue to claim able-bodied and irreplaceable lives in the country. We appeal to government and the National Road Safety Commission to take urgent steps to address this disturbing phenomenon.
Signed. SAMMY GYAMFI NATIONAL COMMUNICATION OFFICER, NDC