STMA inaugurates Task Force to check road regulations ahead of Yuletide

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Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA)
Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA)

The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) in the Western Region has inaugurated an eleven-member taskforce to help manage and ensure that traffic congestions during yuletide in the Metropolis were minimized to their barest form.

In his inaugural address, Mr Abdul Mumin Issah, Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) for STMA said the job of the task force was to go after drivers who stopped and loaded at unapproved points in the Metropolis thereby contributing to unnecessary and avoidable traffic jams during rush hours.

He said the Assembly had also observed that intransigence of some drivers were adding to the congestions.

He recounted that there were two major construction works currently ongoing in the Metropolis, impeding both human and vehicular movements, especially to and from the Central Business District (CBD).

The Mayor said with the two major constructions, the City has become congested, especially when the road leading to West Tanokrom and Effiakuma have been diverted.

He pointed out that it has therefore become prudent and so imperative to look at how the discomfort would be reduced to the barest minimum to reduce travelling hours and bring some relief on travellers.

Mr Issah indicated that currently, some parts of the Metropolis have been experiencing some undue heavy traffic which was clearly as a result of some drivers stopping and loading at unlawful places.

“Consider the stretch around the Asempa Hotel which has been taken over and the old Accra Station as well as the All Needs Supermarket areas. All these places have been turned into stations. The task force will crash these drivers who stop and load at any undesignated station”, he stressed.

He, however, warned the members of the taskforce and said their sole mandate was to ensure that there was sanity on the roads and not to be seen as an avenue to enrich themselves or settle personal scores.

“I also know that some members of society will be arrested but then will want to use their party affiliations to seek clemency. If you call me, I will not do anything because the law must work”, he retorted.

Joseph Simons Cudjoe, Chairman of the taskforce was confident that the team would work to the best of their ability without fear or favour to ensure that the roads were sanitized for safe and stress-free Christmas.

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