CILT CONGRATULATES HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO ON HIS RE-ELECTION AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA.
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CILT CONGRATULATES HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO ON HIS RE-ELECTION AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA.

The Governing Council of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT Ghana) has congratulated His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo for being re-elected to the highest office of the land.

The letter appreciates the vision and the President's projects during his previous governmentin rail, road, maritime and air. 

It mentions his role for leading the country to win the bid for hosting the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) Secretariat in Ghana, which would go a long way to position Ghana as the continent's financial capital. 

This will undoubtedly create jobs and boost our intra-African trade.

As the leading professional body in logistics and transport, CILT Ghana proposed some policy imperatives needing urgent government policy directives and action.

These issues are summarised below:

Aviation

i. There is the need to speed-up the establishment of a national air carrier to help in tourism and investment drive including the promotion of international trade for the country

ii. Government to ensure the completion of Sunyani airport to help facilitate air travel to the mid-west of the country.

iii. Tamale airport would need an upgrade of its facilities (especially land-side) to help convert it to an international airport to serve the northern regions and neighbouring Sahelian countries.

iv. Complete the new terminal in Kumasi to upgrade it into an international airportfor the mid-regions of the country.

Maritime

i. The government may also come out with a policy designed to attract cargo traffic to the Takoradi Port, thus making it to be competitive in the sub-region

ii. The need to explore and tap the potential of the Volta Lake for freight transport and eco-tourism.

Roads and Highways

i. There should be a national plan to effectively connect all 16 regional capitals with a good road network and dualise key highways to reduce travel time, needless road crashes, and death.

Elubo-Accra-Aflao and Accra-Kumasi-Paga highways may be earmarked for urgent dualisation.

Road Safety

i. CILT Ghana does not support the use of motorcycles for commercial purposes (Okada).

Parliament must pass a law to make motorcycles unattractive instead of amending Regulation 128 of (2012) L.I 2180 to allow the use of motorcycles for commercial purposes. 

The Institute humbly advises against commercial use because it prioritises the loss of lives over income loss.

There are other viable options for livelihoods which must be explored. We share in your profound statement that “We know how to bring the economy back to life. What we do not know is how to bring people back to life".

ii. The government should step up efforts to help reduce the fatalities on the road, which is unsustainably high (more than 2000 deaths in the past three years)

Rail Transport

i. Introduction of a light rail system to operate in the high densely populated areas, like Accra to Kasoa, and Kotoka International Airport to the Central Business District, to facilitate passenger and traffic flow would be required Urban Transportation.

ii. There is a need for effective urban transport planning in major cities of Ghana to ease the unbearable urban vehicular congestion

iii. Fast-track the establishment of a Road Transport Regulatory Body to help bring sanity in the public transport system

Trade and Business

i. We recommend a policy direction that encourages importation or production of electric vehicles in the country through fiscal measures to help protect the environment

ii. There is the need to complete the Boankra Inland Port to lessen the pressure on Tema Port

iii. We need to strengthen and support local manufacturers to continue to produce for localo consumptionto help achieve import-substitution post COVID-19

We assured HE the President that CILT Ghana will avail its wealth of knowledge and expertise to support his government to achieve the above recommendations whenever consulted.

The statement signed by DR. EBO HAMMOND, FCILT PRESIDENT – CILT GHANA.

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