The Executive Director of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), Ing. Noble John Appiah has been appointed by President John Dramani Mahama as Managing Director of the Metro Mass Transit Limited.
He leaves the organisation after almost a decade of service to the Commission as its founding Executive Director after building the Commission into a lead public sector road safety agency, influencing local perspectives on road safety improvement through data-led strategic planning and helping to improve the global appeal of the Commission.
This resulted in over a dozen study or understudy visits from African and developing countries and Ghana’s historic invitation to present a paper at the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly meeting on road safety in April 2012.
During the period of his stewardship, Ghana’s road safety fatality rate witnessed a decline and improvement from 29.24 deaths in 10,000 vehicles in 2001 to 17.94 in 2011 representing a 39% decline.
He leaves at a time when the Commission seeks a review of its mandate to make it more relevant to address the challenging road safety issues that have emerged over the period.
In a farewell statement to staff and stakeholders, Ing Noble John Appiah said, “I wish to thank you all for your support and say that as my new role keeps me in the road transport industry, we shall continue to engage each other to share knowledge and experiences.”
Ing. Appiah, a Transport Engineer by profession, was between 1995 and 2000 the Managing Director of Intercity STC, a period regarded as very productive and profitable in the life of the public service transport company and is often credited for the turnaround of the organisation due to his astute management profile.
In a related development, Ing (Mrs.) May Obiri-Yeboah, the current Director of Planning and Programmes succeeds Ing. Appiah as Executive Director.
She joined the organisation as Manager for Planning and Education in 2005 and has since risen to become the Director of Planning and Programmes.
She is a Civil Engineer by profession and currently a Council member of the Ghana Institution of Engineers.
Her previous roles included Principal Engineer at the Head Office, Regional Engineer & Maintenance Engineer at the Ashanti Office of the Department of Feeder Roads.
She holds a M.Sc. (Hons) in Transport Planning & Engineering from the Leeds University, U.K and has attended several workshops including the International Course on Transportation Planning and Safety & International Programme on Road Traffic Safety at the India Institute of Technology and Lund University in India and Sweden respectively.