Dr Hammond (left) presenting the coverage recommendation to Mr Kwaku Ofori Asiamah
The Governing Council of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Ghana has known as for the instant institution of a highway transport regulatory company that may deliver sanity into the city and public transport system.
In line with the institute, such an company would, amongst different issues, regulate and monitor the actions of drivers, automobile house owners and transport firms within the nation.
Talking on behalf of CILT Ghana, its President, Dr Ebo Hammond, mentioned there was presently no explicit company clothed with the authorized mandate to carry out such a perform or function.
The institution of such an company, he added, would scale back highway crashes which had turn out to be a nationwide canker.
Dr Hammond was chatting with the Each day Graphic when the institute introduced a coverage recommendation on easy methods to speed up growth within the transport sector — highway, aviation and maritime — to the Minister of Transport, Mr Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, in Accra.
The council additionally used the chance to congratulate Mr Asiamah on his reappointment because the sector minister.
Explaining additional, Dr Hammond mentioned the capabilities of the Driver and Automobile Licensing Authority (DVLA) and the Motor Visitors and Transport Directorate (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service had been restricted in scope and couldn’t take up such a task until they had been empowered to take action.
“The DVLA takes care of the motive force and the automobile sides, whereas the MTTD takes care of enforcement. However because it stands now, there is no such thing as a company that takes care of who registers and screens the transport firms and automobiles on our roads, so individuals do what they like.
“No person checks whether or not or not these transport firms obtain any type of steady coaching yearly, the type of qualification the individuals managing the transport firms have. Individuals go into the sector simply because they see it as simply enterprise, so the proper issues are usually not finished from the beginning, and that’s the reason we’ve got these accidents all the time,” he added.
Dr Hammond affirmed the institute’s dedication to supply the wanted help within the space when it was known as upon to take action.
He known as for the dashing up of the institution of a nationwide provider which might assist promote tourism, funding and worldwide commerce.
“The federal government should make sure the completion of the Sunyani Airport to assist facilitate travels to the mid-west of the nation. The Tamale Airport wants an improve of its services, particularly landside, to transform it into a global airport to assist serve these within the northern areas and neighbouring Sahelian nations. It may well additionally function an plane upkeep centre for the nation and West Africa,” he mentioned.
On maritime, Dr Hammond mentioned there was the necessity for the federal government to provide you with a coverage designed to draw cargo site visitors to the Takoradi Port, making it aggressive within the sub-region, including that there was additionally the necessity to discover and faucet the potential of the Volta Lake for freight transport and ecotourism.
The president reiterated CILT Ghana’s place on whether or not or not the nation ought to settle for bikes for industrial functions, popularly known as Okada.
“Parliament should not amend Regulation 128 of Legislative Instrument (LI) 2180 (2012) to permit the usage of bikes for industrial functions. It should slightly put money into rural transport, which is protected and inexpensive,” he mentioned.
Responding to the decision by CILT Ghana, Mr Asiamah mentioned the ministry was engaged on an LI to empower the Nationwide Highway Security Authority (NRSA) to carry out such capabilities.
He indicated that the ministry had constructed a superb relationship with CILT Ghana, had all the time been collaborative within the sector and would proceed to construct on the connection.
Though Mr Asiamah admitted that there have been institutional challenges within the transport sector, he defined that the federal government was working to cope with them, stressing that extra could be finished to implement highway security laws.
He, due to this fact, appealed to the institute and different skilled our bodies to proceed to accentuate training on highway crashes.
He added that work was far superior for the institution of a nationwide provider, as three firms had been presently into account and present process the mandatory verifications.
He added that “the Kumasi Airport venture can even finish, hopefully, by the primary quarter of subsequent yr”.