Mr Kweku Ofori Asiamah, the Minister for Transport said he would work earnestly in ensuring that Ghana became the transportation hub of the West African Sub Region.
He noted that Ghana has all it takes to be the leading country in all forms of transportation services adding “we are going to draw a master plan that will help us achieve this important objective.”
Mr Asiamah was speaking to Reporters after a tour of some logistics and transport services providers such as State Transport Corporation, Metro Mass Transit, Safebond off dock terminal, DVLA, NRSC, Ghana Railway, Ghana Maritime Authority and the Shippers Council.
The Minister also visited some oil and gas service providers such as Technik FMC, GE, Vikings offshore, Goil Tank farm, Sekondi fishing harbour, and other facilities under the Ghana Port and Harbour Authority (GPHA).
The Minister was accompanied by Chief Director of the Ministry, the head of Planning of the Ministry and was assisted in the Region by Captain Afedzi, the Director of the Takoradi Port and Mr Peter Amoo-Bediako, the GPHA Regional Communications Manager.
The Minister also visited the Palace of Nana Kobina Nketsia V, paramount Chief of Essikado traditional Area.
Mr Asiamah noted the need to become familiar with Agencies, Departments and Directorates under his ministry in order to effectively engage the leadership in promoting socio-economic wellbeing of the citizenry.
At the STC yard, Mr Nuamah Donkor, Chief Executive Office informed the Minister about the corporation’s plan to build a modern terminal and hostel facilities for passengers.
He said the Company had land available for development works and re-branding of the STC to position it as the pride of travellers in the country.
The STC Boss therefore called for private sector involvement in running that department to improve on productivity.
Mr Bismark Thomas Boakye, the NRSC Manager told the Minister that the lack of personnel posed a great challenge to the operations of the commission.
At the shippers’ logistics yard at Apowa, Mrs Asana Owoo mentioned that the Shippers Authority was prepared to provide counselling and logistics services to Importers and Exporters.
She mentioned that the Authority had acquired a 32-acre land to be developed for the benefit of stakeholders in that industry.
Mrs Owoo said local participation in the oil and gas industry was imperative and called for effective partnership and collaboration among stakeholders.