The Parliamentary Select Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism has commended the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) for the security measures put in place in ensuring that the safety of cargo both inside and outside of the Port is guaranteed.
The committee led by its chairman, Daniel Titus Glover hailed the port authority when they visited the GPHA to familiarise themselves with operations that go on at the Port.
Titus-Glover lamented the spate of harassment and extortion on Ghana’s corridor which had been exposed earlier in an investigation piece instituted by the GPHA leading to a directive by the then IGP that no transit truck should be stopped on the corridor.
The chairman of the committee assured that they will meet the interior Minister so as to resolve some of these challenges.
“Whiles coming after Walewale, I can count about four or more police posts. Before every police barrier, we park, you see the policeman, excuse my language, taking money. I dropped from my car, I went to the police officer, I engaged him, and I said it’s not good, about four different police posts. So you can imagine from Tema port, going all the way to the North, the inconveniences that they will be going through and all that. So I think that as a committee, it is something that we will take up when we go back to parliament,” he said.
He said the committee will continue to engage with GPHA and other stakeholders in the clearance chain to realise the needed revenue for government.
On his part, the Director General of GPHA, Paul Asare Ansah said GPHA has approved a loan of GHC13.3million to the Tema Shipyard for the procurement of some basic equipment. This, he said is part of efforts to retool the shipyard and make it more viable.
“Without even pumping money for any additional facility development or refurbishment, the kind of confidence wave that our takeover generated, saw vessels cueing up to the facility for repairs and refurbishment, they were very interesting and now it has exposed the precarious nature of the facility in terms of equipment, the need to resuscitate the facility as early as possible,” he said.
Paul Ansah said the port authority will initiate an infrastructural development fund to finance future port expansion projects.
The Parliamentary Select Committee was later taken on tour of the Tema shipyard, customs division of the Ghana Revenue Authority and finally the Tema Port expansion project where they were received and briefed by the CEO of Meridian Port Services, Mohammed Samara on the state of the port expansion.