Experts Hail NDC transportation infrastructure plans in 2016 manifesto
A number of transportation experts have commended the comprehensive plans to further expand transportation infrastructure in Ghana by the John Mahama led administration of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Already, one key transport infrastructure recently launched by the government is the Bus Rapid Transport system (BRT), a city commuter bus system named Ayalolo buses which is making waves among commuters in Accra.
For the first time in Ghana’s history, the bus system comes with its own lanes and is equipped with disability friendly features and internet hotspots for city commuters.
The Ayalolo bus system currently operates in Accra only, as plans are being worked on to expand it to other major cities in the country. The bus system is coming as a more hassle-free option to the predominant “trotro” system.
Meanwhile, in the plans outlined for implementation in the second term of President Mahama, the NDC administration intends to revive the long defunct shipping line-the Black Star Line.
According to the NDC, reviving the Black Star Line which is a subsidiary of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) would significantly increase employment opportunities for Ghanaian seafarers.
Other transport plans include the construction of a deep sea port at the Keta area of the Volta region. The government has already commissioned pre-feasibility study on the potential of a deep-sea port at Keta. There are plans to construct improved landing sites on the Volta Lake.
“ As part of the Eastern Corridor Multi-modal Transport Project, upgrade the Akosombo and Buipe Ports with modern equipment to ensure efficiency of transportation on the Volta Lake,” the manifesto stated.
On the Volta Lake, the government has acquired three units of 50-seater passenger ferries and one unit passenger/cargo ferry for cross-ferry services on the largest man-made lake in Africa.
“To complete the advances being made in maritime transport, we have enacted the Maritime Pollution Act, 2016 to improve security and reduce pollution in Ghana’s Maritime jurisdiction,” the NDC manifesto says.
The government has also initiated plans to work with the International MaritimeOrganisation to improve safety in
Ghana’s territorial waters, in line with our international obligations;
Other plans in the transport sector includes: developing a holistic transport security policymanual; a Bulk Cargo Handling Jetty;Dredging, reclamation and construction of
breakwater and container terminals;Access road from the port to the motorwayand expansion works on the motor way from four to six lanes.
“Our commitment is to accelerate the rate of maritime
Infrastructural development. We will continue to invest in the modernisation, expansion and improvement of our ports.”
In the aviation sector, the NDC administration constructed an ultra-modern terminal at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA); refurbished and expanded the arrival hall at KIA;
The administration also completed the first phase of the KumasiInternational Airport; the first phase of the Tamale
International Airport commenced work on the Ho Airport and upgraded the Wa airstrip.
All these achievements in the transport sector has been described as astounding by analysts such as policy analysts, IMANI Ghana.