Government, through the Transport Ministry, has stated that it is reviewing the road traffic regulations to address some implementation challenges, as well as incorporate innovations in the management of road transport services.
According to the Minister for Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, the implementation and enforcement is to help reduce road crashes, which are mostly caused by indiscipline among road users, particularly drivers and motorcycle riders.
“Road Traffic Regulation, 2012, L.I. 2180 is under review. This is to address some implementation challenges, as well as incorporate innovations in the management of road transport services and to ensure smooth implementation and enforcement so as to reduce these road crashes,” he said.
The Minister made this known as he took his turn yesterday at the weekly press briefings organised by the Ministry of Information.
Kwaku Ofori Asiamah explained that the need for these enforcements has become necessary due to the fact that about 2,341 individuals lost their lives through road accidents in 2018 alone and 13,677 got injured through these accidents in about 13,645 crashes.
The Minister explained that the predominant factors leading to these crashes were indiscipline among road users, particularly drivers and motorcycle riders, acts of excessive speeding, wrongful overtaking, pedestrian knockdowns and disrespect for traffic signals at intersections by motorcycle riders.
Government to improve transport sector
The Minister announced government’s efforts in improving and developing the transport sector of the country.
He acknowledged the efforts of his outfit in bringing remarkable improvement and transformation to Ghana’s transport sector. According to him, his outfit has engaged in several interventions to help facelift the transport system in the country.
He mentioned that Ghana’s two main ports – Tema and Takoradi – are currently being modernised and well positioned to become the leading container hub and beacon of trade and industry in the West Africa sub-region.
“At the Tema Port, the construction of four dedicated container terminals to respond to the increasing volumes and address infrastructure deficit is currently underway.
The first two berths of 16 metres draft will be completed and operationalised by the end of the second quarter this year,” he said.
He stated that the Takoradi Port is also to receive a facelift with the development of a Multi-purpose container terminal by a Ghanaian-owned company, Ibistek, at a cost of US$450 million, and for the first time in the history of the country, a wholly-owned Ghanaian company has been engaged to develop this landmark project.
Kwaku Ofori Asiamah cited government’s plans to revamp the Tema Shipyard and Dry Dock, which has been in a deplorable state in previous times.
“Through the assistance of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, some operational equipment was procured for the shipyard. I am happy to state that the ministry is at the final stage of negotiation for the selection of the strategic investor to partner government for the revamping of the shipyard into a modern dry dock facility to meet the needs of the oil and gas industry,” he further announced.
According to the Minister, measures have also been put in place to improve the safety and livelihood of the communities along the Volta Lake.
“Construction and rehabilitation of ferry landing sites and facilities along the lake are ongoing at the Dambai and Dambai Overbank, Yeji, Mekango and Agordeke, and works are progressing steadily. As part of measures to ensure safety of navigation in the Volta Lake, the removal of tree stumps along the navigational routes in the Oti River at Dambai in the Volta Region has been completed,” he said.
Tema, Takoradi ports to receive facelifts
The Transport Minister further stated that the country’s two main ports – Tema and Takoradi – are to be modernised to position them as the leading container hub in the West African sub-region.
He mentioned that “there have been a lot of investments in the country’s two main sea ports of Tema and Takoradi to modernise and position them as the leading container hub and the beacon of trade and industry in West Africa sub-region”.
The construction of container terminals, he told the media, is currently underway, with four at the Tema Port and one multi-purpose terminal at Takoradi.
He emphasised that the development is to respond to the increasing trade volumes and address infrastructure deficits at the ports.
“At the Tema Port, the construction of four dedicated container terminals to respond to the increasing trade volumes and address infrastructure deficit is currently underway.”
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