Transport Minister tours GPHA, other related agencies

THE Minister for Transport, Kweku Ofori Asiamah last Thursday paid a two-day familiarization tour to the Takoradi office of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) as well as other transport related agencies in the region.

The Minister, who embarked on the familiarization tour of the region, a day after he was sworn into office, was met on arrival by the Director of Port, Captain Ebenezer Afedzie and other key management staff.

Captain Afedzie, who led the GPHA delegation to conduct the Minister around the Port, first briefed him about the operations of the Port and the Expansion Project.

The Minister was then taken to facilities at the Port to have firsthand information about those facilities.

Some of the facilities, the Minister and his entourage visited include; Goil Plant Storage Facility, General Electrical Oil and Gas facility, Viking Offshore Unit amongst others.

At the various locations visited by the Minister, he urged management to ensure that local people were employed in line with the local content Act of providing job and employment for the local communities.

The Minister also inspected ongoing works at the Sekondi Fishing Harbour and the Takoradi Container Terminal under construction.

The second day of the Transport Minister’s familiarization tour led him to the Ghana Shippers Authority’s (GSA) 34 acre land logistic platform located at Funko, near Takoradi.

The Deputy Chief Executive Officer of GSA, Madam Sylvia Asana Owu conducted the Minister round the platform.

She told the Minister that for now, four out of the 34 acres of land had been developed by the GSA, adding the Authority was looking for a private investor to collaborate with it, in order to develop the remaining 30 acres of the land.

She informed the Minister that apart from the warehouse, the facility has an open space that could take oil pipes.

The sector Minister’s next visit was the State Transport Company (STC) where a durbar of workers was held to welcome him (the Minister).

Samuel Nuamah Donkor, Managing Director of STC welcomed the Minister and briefed him about the operations of the transport company.

He said the transport company acquired 50 buses last year and was targeting a total of 150 more buses to stock its fleet.

Compiled by Alfred Adams

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