Transport Minister, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah commissioned the Paga truck fleet after it was rebuilt by the Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority.
The truck park used to be in a very deplorable state, especially during the rainy season, with recorded cases of trucks overturning due to the poor nature of the ground.
The 30,165 square meter project, costing GHC 18 million, includes facilities such as fire hydrants, lighting mast base and cable ducts for the future installation of lighting masts. lighting, sanitary facilities including toilets, an ablution area and a prayer shed, for the convenience and use of truckers and other visitors to the truck park.
There is also the installation of rolls of barbed wire on the fence wall of the truck park for increased security and improved drainage at the entrance to the truck park.
Commissioning the project, Transport Minister Kwaku Ofori Asiamah said the facility will promote Ghana’s international trade and attract businesses to the country.
“The construction of this truck park is another intervention in addition to a similar installation in Tema. Ladies and gentlemen, I take this opportunity to recall that the government through the ministry and its agencies is constantly on the lookout for prospects and opportunities that will benefit our stakeholders. This government is very passionate when it comes to facilitating international trade as it has many benefits and leverage for the country and the sub-region as a whole.
He said the government will continue to invest in port infrastructure and state-of-the-art technology to upgrade and make Ghana’s ports and transit corridor the preferred choice in the sub-region.
GPHA Board Chairman Isaac Osei was optimistic that the facility will further enhance mutual cooperation between the Sahel regions.
He hinted that “this truck park was built to facilitate the flow of goods. But the truth is, it’s not just about freight, it’s about people. It is about the relationship that we establish between the people who live on both sides of the border.
He instructed the GPHA and its stakeholders to work together and ensure the regular maintenance of the facility.
GPHA Managing Director Michael Achagwe Luguje said GPHA is making strenuous efforts to make Ghana’s transit corridor attractive and the leader in the sub-region.
“For us at the Ghana Ports and Harbor Authority, we have witnessed a steady growth in transit cargo through our ports of Tema and Takoradi. Our goal is to become the main corridor. And indeed, because ports are not just what there is in Tema and Takoradi, every road that leads to the ports, every corridor through which maritime transport passes or freight passes through is an integral part of our territory. If the port is excellent and the roads are bad, the goods cannot go in and out. This is part of the effort that resulted in the investment that was made in this facility.
He added that the project will facilitate economic transformation and regional trade.