ACP Peter Ndekugri, the Upper West regional commander of the Ghana Police Service, gave assurances that the police would not interfere with the flow of trucks in transit.
ACP Ndekugri said the order was part of measures his organization was taking to facilitate transit trade along the country’s transit corridors through the Upper West region.
“No one should delay a public transport truck for more than two minutes … In addition, refrain from acts amounting to harassment of drivers”, warned ACP Ndekugri the police.
ACP Ndekugri expressed his commitment in a remark during an awareness-raising seminar for police personnel in the region on transit trade organized by the Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) in Wa.
He said police would not interfere with transit trucks that use the corridors across the region as part of efforts to promote transit trade agreements and protocols between Ghana and the international community.
The GSA cited numerous police barriers and checkpoints along trade corridors, which caused unnecessary delays and the concomitant harassment of transit truck drivers as barriers to transit trade.
The Authority claims that the Tema-Hamile corridor alone has 64 checkpoints while the Tema-Paga corridor has 68, which hinders the free movement of transit trucks.
Madam Benonito Bismarck, CEO of GSA, in a speech read on her behalf, noted that a study conducted by the GSA in 2015 showed that Ghana made gains of around $ 34 million from transit trade. .
She said the international community has enacted trade legislation and protocols as part of efforts to facilitate international trade among landlocked countries across the sea coast.
She identified some of this legislation to include the International Convention on Multimodal Freight Transport (1982) and the WTO Trade Agreement (2013), among others.
Ms. Bismarck noted that despite the benefits of transit trade along Ghanaian corridors, there had been several road governance issues between transit trucks and key state actors such as the
Department of Motor Vehicle Traffic and Transport (MTTD), Customs and the Ghana Highway Authority, among others.
Mr. Bashiru Haki, Senior Freight and Logistics Officer at GSA, noted that awareness raising has become necessary due to the crucial role police play in transit trade, including providing security along the corridors.
He noted, however, that there were several bottlenecks along the corridors that needed to be removed to facilitate transit trade along the corridors.
“Our corridors compete with Lomé, Abidjan and Lagos and in some cases Senegal. Transit trucks prefer to use our lanes because they believe our lanes are safe, secure and our Ghanaian attitude is generally good for them.
“Any delay makes our corridors uncompetitive. We therefore ask the police to see how they can speed up the action so that the trucks move smoothly, ”he explained.
Superintendent Samuel Sasu-Mensah, MTTD Director at Police Headquarters, urged the police, who occupied the checkpoints and barriers along the corridors, to be professional in their dealings with the transport truck drivers in common while ensuring the necessary safety on the road.
He pleaded with the officers to keep abreast of the traffic rules in order to carry out their duties in a professional manner.
The GSA said awareness was based on the financial benefits of transit corridors to Ghana as well as the need for landlocked countries like Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger to have access to the coast to engage in. international commerce.