Alban Bagbin escaped death 3 times.
The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin has narrated how he escaped death in three near fatal accidents.
Narrating his story to a Joy News reporter, after the station presented a copy of their recently premiered road safety documentary “Crushed” to the Speaker of Parliament.
The documentary which was produced by Seth Kwame Boateng captures chilling details of how many families have lost loved ones to road carnage.
The Speaker disclosed that the three times he survived these accidents was because he wore his seat belt anytime he was on a road trip.
In as much as there are road safety precautions that both drivers and passengers need to adhere to to safeguard their lives, both parties mostly turn a blind eye to them.
He pointed that the Land Cruisers he drove in during the said accidents were crashed beyond repairs.
“I have had a number of near fatal accidents. You know members of parliament are always on the move and those of us who are far off the seat of government usually have to overstretch our nerves and our sights to try to get to our destination before dusk and so I had about 3 near fatal accidents but survived them just because I obeyed one of the driving rules of a passenger, putting on the passenger belt,” Alban Bagbin said.
“Because, on the three occasions, even though I was using Land Cruisers, none of them could be recovered but I came out unhurt because the belt held me to the seat,” he stated.
He, therefore, urged Ghanaians to adhere to all road safety rules, especially always to put on their seat belts to stay alive and avoid carnage on the road.
Meanwhile, statistics from the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service reveals that a total of 263 people have died from road accidents in April 2021.
This figure represents a slight increase in the number of deaths month-on-month since the year began.
This brings the total number of deaths on Ghana’s roads from January to April to 1,034.
The Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin is a Ghanaian politician belonging to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) party and the current Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana and currently the longest serving member of Parliament in the history of Ghana’s democracy.
He was the former Minister for Health in the Atta Mills led government from January 2012 until February 2013 and has been in Parliament since the beginning of the 4th Republican Constitution which began on January 7, 1993. He was also the former Minority Leader in Parliament.
He was born on September 24, 1957 at Sombo in the Upper West Region of Ghana and married to Alice Adjua Yornas Bagbin.
He is a product of the University of Ghana,(1977-1980), and the Ghana School of Law (1980-1982). He also holds an Executive Masters in Governance and Leadership from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
He was elected as the current Speaker of Parliament on January 7, 2021 to serve for the next four years.