Mafia Play Over Who Steer The Affairs Of GPRTU............ As Two Aspirants Death Delayed Conference

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Story By Joseph Nana Yaw

Information reaching news desk revealed that the GPRTU conference slated to be held on Monday 24th August, 2020, was change due to fear and panic over two a sudden death of renowned aspirants.

Speaking at the official opening at the 2020 National Delegates Conference of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union(GPRTU), Hon. Osei Asibbey Antwi, the mayor of kumasi, said one of the things his firm sought to do was to see to it that KMA has a very good working relationship with all its stakeholders, especially the transport operators who are seem as the major engine of growth for our commercial activities.

"As a former player in the transport management of the city, I sought to have a good relationship with all the union's" he assured.

Mr Asibbey Antwi reiterated to the fact that his ability to achieve this can be hinged on the able leadership of the GPRTU Regional Chairman and all the Regional Executives of the various union's in the city.

 One of our notable achievements has been how together, they were able to allocate stations to the unions at the new kejetia terminal. This situation made it possible for the traders and other businesses moved to the new Kumasi city market voluntarily without any force applied.

According to him, there are a couple of issues that have not been able to tackle well enough as expected, like the congestion situation in the city center, major junctions and illegal loading at some places in the city.

He noted that no matter the efforts, these people keep derail the progress of their activities and he know that with join hands with the KMA to put an end to these unacceptable practices.

The ministry of transport could meet and decided on the protocols to control the spread of the corona virus in the country, in Kumasi on 29th March,2020 the key stakeholders met to take decisions and make proposals for the observance of the safety protocols and hygiene practices which were supposed to help control the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"We put in the measures which have help us to control the spread otherwise, the situation would have been worse.

Hon Asibbey Antwi, therefore seeking a greater support from the transport union's led by GPRTU, the mother of all transport union's. As a matter of urgency, let us sustain the collaboration between us and ensure full implementation of the exercises both started. Some of those are as follows;

Gathering of Data on Transport: This, is to collect data on all transport operations in the city from the branch and local levels.

This will help us to know the number of vehicles and members each union or branch had and use this as basis to take decisions such as the construction or rehabilitation of transport terminals and loading points. It will also help us to control and properly regulate the number of vehicles that come to the town center.

Joint Enforcement: We have jointly put up activities to fight the menace of illegal Transport operations the "waa-waa" drivers who load anywhere within the CBD tarnishing the image of the good work that we have all done over the years.

Keep the city clean; This aims at keeping our terminals and loading points clean and tidy always and finally.

Safety Protocols: We should continue to observe the safety protocols that are supposed to help control the spread of the corona virus.

These efforts they have made over the years have received tremendous attention and assistance from the following such as GIFEC which is helping us to carry out the transport data collection exercise and has also promised to support the unions with computers and other gadgets to enable the latter have access to their date and also update the membership roll periodically.

Meanwhile the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has charged the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) to play a leading role in the national campaign to reduce road accidents to the barest minimum.

He said the commitment on the part of members of the Union, especially drivers to adhere to motor traffic rules and regulations was vital to protecting the lives.

The loss of innocent lives as well as preventable injuries associated with road crashes in the country, according to the Asantehene, could be curtailed if drivers were more cautious on the road.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu, made the call in an address read on his behalf, at the opening session of the 10th quadrennial delegates’ conference of the GPRTU of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in Kumasi.

He advised drivers to avoid reckless driving, speeding, unnecessary overtaking, drunk-driving, overloading and disregard of road signs to ensure safety on roads.

The Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, has always blamed the increasing number of accidents in the country largely on indiscipline on the roads.

Editor: Samuel Nii Amon (0541291789)
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