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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://bsuir.bsum.edu.ng:8080/jspui/handle/11409/746

Keywords: West African Road Safety Organizations, Regional Integration
Issue Date: Jun-2019
Abstract: This study examined West African Road Safety Organization (WARSO) and Regional Integration in West Africa, 2008 - 2015. The study was necessitated by the desire to establish the impact of WARSO activities on road traffic safety and regional integration efforts in the sub-region. The study utilized both primary and secondary data for the purpose of achieving the objectives of the research work. Some key personalities who have participated at WARSO activities between 2008 and 2015 were interviewed while the Researcher also undertook a study tour (Field Trip) of four (4) West African countries (Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria) to physically interact with respondents of two (2) Anglophone and two (2) Francophone countries including one (1) inactive country (Togo), to ascertain the extent to which WARSO has impacted on both road safety and regional integration. Leon N. Lind berg’s theory of Neo-Functionalism is applied in conceptualizing the study. Findings show that between 2008 and 2015, the WARSO has introduced several road safety Intervention measures through sundry programmes and policy decisions using the integration approach. These include the creation of regional platforms for road safety advocacy, knowledge sharing, capacity building and introduction of several road safety measures. It is also found that the attempt at harmonizing sub-regional road traffic practices strengthened cross-national relations among member-states that inspired West Africa to speak with one voice on issues of road traffic safety internationally; and the admission of WARSO for participation in regional integration activities of ECOWAS among others. Findings also show (from available data of 3 countries Ghana, Benin and Nigeria) that there has been a downward trend in Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs) and associated fatalities in the sub-region between 2011 and 2015 attributable to the influence of WARSO activities. However, the lack of enforcement powers reduced the efficacy of WARSO decisions to almost mere recommendations thereby weakening implementation as member-states acted discretionarily and a few remained complacent and inactive on WARSO platform. This limited the level of achievements of WARSO in spite of its robust integration approach. It is therefore recommended that WARSO must effectively harness the ECOWAS platform to obtain the commitment of the Heads of State and Government of member-states to create and support Lead Agencies; pay their dues and project contributions; and reach out more to inactive countries.
Description: West African Road Safety Organizations
URI: http://bsuir.bsum.edu.ng:8080/jspui/handle/11409/746
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