- Alfred Oko Vanderpuije was spotted around Sakaman in Accra directing gridlock traffic
- He said he sometimes spends close to three hours in traffic on the stretch and decided to direct traffic in the absence of the police
- He was assisted by his bodyguard who was with him
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The Member of Parliament for the Ablekuma South Constituency, Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, was spotted around Sakaman in Accra directing gridlock traffic.
The former Accra Mayor reportedly alighted from his vehicle to direct the traffic since the Sakaman Junction to Dansoman Roundabout stretch is a known traffic-prone area.
According to a report filed by Citinewsroom, Oko Vanderpuije, who said he sometimes spends close to three hours in traffic on the stretch, decided to direct traffic following the absence of police personnel
The MP’s gesture brought respite to other road users. He was assisted by his bodyguard who was with him.
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He urged the Ghana Police Service to deploy officers to control traffic around Sakaman and Dansoman.
The video of Oko Vanderpuije directing traffic has drawn a lot of reactions from Ghanaians.
Below are some of the reactions;
Yeboah Boakye Stephen said investments should be made in traffic lights instead.
Instead of investing in technology that will ensure that the traffic lights never goes off even if there's a power outage, people would be praising his efforts though he has been in power for more a while and the problem with persist once he leaves.
Henry Agyepong affirmed the traffic on that stretch was that bad.
That Sakama Area dee33 always traffic.
Ryz Brian said it is a hobby.
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It's his hobby.
Seth Akoto Baah called him an attention seeker for deciding to help with the flow of traffic.
Ekow Mensah said he was doing it just to be relevant.
He just wants to be in the news and relevant!
Kofi Otabil said he needs a reflective jacket as it is dark.
Everything is wrong with this action. He can't be seen in the dark and he needs a reflective vest.
Good gesture in a wrong way
Chief Inspector Henrietta Sedoame of the Kasoa Tollbooth police station has stated that the act by the state man was laudable but done in a wrong way.
Explaining further in a brief conversation with YEN.com.gh, Chief Inspector Sedoame said he should have considered using a reflective jacket or vest before directing the traffic.
She added that since it was dark and his outfit was equally dark, he put himself in harm's way while trying to do goodwill.
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She, however, advised that going forward, anyone who wants to do such a thing should get the reflective vest on before doing that.
Rawlings spotted in traffic
In 2019, the late former president, Jerry John Rawlings was seen standing in the middle of the road with cars on either side of him as he directed the cars to bring a traffic jam under control.
According to reports, Rawlings who was traveling to Prampram from Accra met a heavy traffic jam.
There was no movement of any car and he decided to step out from the comfort of his car to help until the gridlock was brought under control.