CILT Congratulates Prez Nana Addo for his 2nd term electoral victory

CILT Congratulates Prez Nana Addo for his 2nd term electoral victory

Story By: Kwesi Coomson

The Governing Council of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT Ghana) has
congratulated His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo for being re-elected for the 2nd term to steer the Affairs of the nation.

In a release available to the media, CILT expressed optimistic of the Nana Addo led government to help improve the Transport sector to boost goods and services for the benefit of all Ghanaians.

The letter appreciates the vision and the President’s projects during his previous government in rail,
road, maritime and air. It mentions his role for leading the country to win the bid for hosting the
Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) Secretariat in Ghana, which would go a long way
to position Ghana as the continent’s financial capital. This will undoubtedly create jobs and boost
our intra-African trade.

As the leading professional body in logistics and transport, CILT Ghana proposed some policy
imperatives needing urgent government policy directives and action.

These issues are summarised
below:

Aviation:

i. There is the need to speed-up the establishment of a national air carrier to help in tourism
and investment drive including the promotion of international trade for the country

ii. Government to ensure the completion of Sunyani airport to help facilitate air travel to the
mid-west of the country
iii. Tamale airport would need an upgrade of its facilities (especially land-side) to help convert
it to an international airport to serve the northern regions and neighbouring Sahelian
countries

iv. Complete the new terminal in Kumasi to upgrade it into an international airportfor the mid-regions of the country

Maritime:

i. The government may also come out with a policy designed to attract cargo traffic to the Takoradi Port, thus making it to be competitive in the sub-region

ii. The need to explore and tap the potential of the Volta Lake for freight transport and eco-tourism

Roads and Highways:

i. There should be a national plan to effectively connect all 16 regional capitals with a good road
network and dualise key highways to reduce travel time, needless road crashes, and death.

Elubo-Accra-Aflao and Accra-Kumasi-Paga highways may be earmarked for urgent dualisation.

Road Safety:

i. CILT Ghana does not support the use of motorcycles for commercial purposes (Okada).

Parliament must pass a law to make motorcycles unattractive instead of amending Regulation
128 of (2012) L.I 2180 to allow the use of motorcycles for commercial purposes.

The Institute:

humbly advises against commercial use because it prioritisesthe loss of lives over income loss.

There are other viable options for livelihoods which must be explored. We share in your profound statement that “We know how to bring the economy back to life. What we do not
know is how to bring people back to life”.

ii. The government should step up efforts to help reduce the fatalities on the road, which is
unsustainably high (more than 2000 deaths in the past three years)

Rail Transport:

i. Introduction of a light rail system to operate in the high densely populated areas, like Accra to Kasoa, and Kotoka International Airport to the Central Business District, to facilitate
passenger and traffic flow would be required

Urban Transportation:

ii. There is a need for effective urban transport planning in major cities of Ghana to ease the
unbearable urban vehicular congestion

iii. Fast-track the establishment of a Road Transport Regulatory Body to help bring sanity in the
public transportsystem

Trade and Business:

i. We recommend a policy direction that encourages importation or production of electric
vehicles in the country through fiscal measures to help protect the environment

ii. There is the need to complete the Boankra Inland Port to lessen the pressure on Tema Port

iii. We need to strengthen and support local manufacturers to continue to produce for local consumption to help achieve import-substitution post COVID-19.

We assured His Excellency the President that CILT Ghana will avail its wealth of knowledge and expertise to
support his government to achieve the above recommendations whenever consulted.

About CILT Ghana:

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport is the leading International Professional Body for Supply Chain, Logistics and Transport.

CILT International was founded in 1919 in the United Kingdom and granted Royal Charter in 1926. CILT Ghana was established in 1965 and incorporated as a professional body in Ghana in 1981. It has four sections namely; Accra, Tema, Kumasi and Takoradi.

CILT Ghana has accredited eleven (11) Universities, Technical Universities and Colleges to run its professional programmes in the supply chain, logistics and transport to help contribute to the development of these industries and Ghana.

DR. EBO HAMMOND, FCILT
PRESIDENT – CILT GHANA

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