Ghana Urban Transport Project Committee Inaugurated

Mr. Alfred Vanderpuije. A 13-member commitee set up to ensure the successful implementation of the Ghana Urban Transport Project was yesterday inaugurated in Accra.

Dubbed the Greater Accra Passenger Transport Executive (GAPTE), the group, chaired by Dr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, the Mayor of Accra has also been tasked to manage, regulate and coordinate the public transport services in the Accra metropolitan area.

The other members of the committee are, Mr Franklin Anku, Mr John K. Sackey, Isaac Odamtey, Rita Sowah, Mr Jerry Akwei Thompson, Abraham Baidoo and Aristo Aryee.

The rest are Abraham Baidoo, Seth Tawiah, Alhaji Tetteh, Adam Nuhu Benjamin Anyeim, Richard Sowah and Mr Sam Atukwei Quaye.

The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Julius Debrah, urged the members to use their expertise to overcome the challenges in the implementation of the project.

“I have no doubt that your competencies and experiences would be used to overcome the challenges that would arise out of the implementation of the programme,” he said.

The project, he indicated had been on the drawing board for sometime now, therefore, its implementation would enhance urban mobility of goods and services.

Mr Debrah, said the congestion created by the public transport, including, taxis had led to loss of productivity as well as increase in fuel consumption, adding that “these forms of transportation are outmoded and needed to be replaced with a more efficient and reliable forms of transport in Accra”.

He charged them to help fulfill government’s policy on implementing public mass transit system to ease mobility in the various communities.

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, said the GAPTE had been empowered to pass it’s own bye-laws to govern their activities under the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies.

 

He urged them to take full control of the services by strictly enforcing all regulations regarding its operations.

The Minister of Transport, Mrs Dzifa Ativor, assured that the implementation of the project would not disadvantage any group of people.

She explained that the services and transactions of the bus system would be done on-line so as to block all leakages in ticketing.  By Lawrence Akpalu 

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