The Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) has acquired 25 acres of land valued at GH¢ 150,000 at Akatakyiwa in the Central Region, for the construction of a freight park to help in the logistics and supply chain business.
Ms Sylvia Asana Dauda, Deputy Director of the Authority who said this at a durbar of chiefs at Akatakyiwa near Cape Coast , said when completed, the freight park would be very crucial for the movement of goods across the Western Corridor and provide a key logistic enabler between Tema and Takoradi Ports.
The park would also serve as one-stop-shop for all trucks, which ply the Takoradi-Tema route and provide a critical interface for an efficient logistics value chain.
The freight park would also have other facilities such as a hostel, car washing bay, restaurant and fuel station.
Ms Dauda explained that with the freight park, it is expected that drivers would park, take a rest and continue their journey, adding that it would help to reduce the spate of motor accidents on the highways caused mostly by driver fatigue.
She said in addition it would create direct and indirect employment for the locals as well as boost the economy of the region and the country as a whole.
Ms Dauda said the GAS was mandated to promote and protect the interest of Ghanaian Shippers’ in relation to the demand side of shipping.
“Transportation is very essential and we envisage that the freight park will open up our food centres along our Western corridor to markets centres,” she said.
The Deputy Director said the Authority has established other facilities such as warehouses at the Tema port, built the Takoradi shippers house and set up shipper complaints and support units across the land borders of the country, with the objective of supporting shippers to remain competitive in the international logistics chain.
“As a shipper’s authority, we believe in doing everything legitimate to enhance and facilitate trade for the benefit of our shippers,” she added.
Nana Kwesi Brebo, Chief of Kuntu, who presided over the function, said the project would help create employment opportunities as well as boost the socio-economic development of the area.
He encouraged the Shippers’ Authority to use the land for its intended purpose in order to open up the area for development.