Mildred Siabi-Mensah, GNA
Akatakyiwa (C/R), Aug. 18, GNA – The Ghana Shippers Authority has
acquired 25 acres of land valued at GH¢ 150,000 at Akatakyiwa in the Central
Region, for the construction of a freight park to help in the logistics and
supply chain business.
Ms Sylvia Asana Dauda, Deputy Director of
the Authority who said this at a durbar
of chiefs at Akatakyiwa near Cape Coast
, said the freight park, when completed would be very crucial for the movement
of goods across the Western Corridor and provide a key logistic enabler between
Tema and Takoradi Ports.
The park would also serve as one-stop-shop
for all trucks, which ply the Takoradi-Tema road and to provide a critical
interface for an efficient logistics value chain.
The freight park would also have other
facilities such as a hostel, car washing bay, restaurant and fuel station.
Ms Dauda explained that with the freight
park, it is expected that drivers would park, take a rest and continue their
He noted that it would also help reduce the
spate of accidents on the road.
She said in addition it would create direct
and indirect employment for the locals as well as boost the economy of the
region and the country as a whole.
Ms Dauda said the authority is mandated to
promote and protect the interest of Ghanaian Shippers’ in relation to the
demand side of shipping.
She said: “Transportation is very
essential and we envisaged that the freight park will open up our food centres
along our Western corridor to markets centres.”
The Deputy Director said the Authority has
established other facilities such as a warehouses at the Tema port, built the
Takoradi shippers house and set up shipper complaints and support units across
the land borders of the country, with the objective of supporting shippers to
remain competitive in the international logistics chain.
“As a shipper’s authority, we believe in
doing everything legitimate to enhance and facilitate trade for the benefit of
our shippers,” she added.
Nana Kwesi Brebo, Chief of Kuntu, who
presided over the function, said the project would help create employment
opportunities as well as boost the socio-economic development of the area.
He encouraged the Shippers’ Authority to use
the land for its intended purpose in order to open up the area for development.