The Government of Ghana is partnering with the World Bank to develop Lake Volta as part of a Regional Multimodal project to connect the country with neighbouring countries at the Tema Port.
Mr. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, Minister of Transportation, who announced this at a mid-year review conference at the Ministry, said that the Ministry was building ferry terminals in Dambai and Dambai riverbanks in the Oti Region, Agordeke in the Eastern and Yeji and Makono in the Bono Region as preliminary steps for the project.
He said that the provision of adequate lake crossing transportation facilities for communities around the lake remains a priority in order to promote socio-economic development.
Mr. Asiyama said that because of the construction of the Akosombo dam, the government was committed to providing such facilities to people, especially those evacuated as a consequence of the construction.
He called on CEOs and agency heads, and especially those who carried out presidential priority projects, to do everything in their power to meet the expected deadlines.
“I wish to implore all of you to be proactive in the execution of your duties and ensure that we respond to the dynamics of the sector”, he said.
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The Minister said that the role of the transportation sector in stimulating trade, economic growth and national development in the era of African Continental Free Trade cannot be overlooked, because logistical movements depend on a well-organized transportation system.
Mr. Asiama said the country could only become more competitive through adequate transportation infrastructure, services and regulations and low costs to encourage national growth and development.
Mr. Asiamah discussed the current drawback inside the area of port congestion, which included issues of capacity, poor turnaround time, short turnaround vessel time, poor safety and security, yield loss and stock shortages, combined with inefficient or lost routes and combined rail lines to reduce costs increased transportation. “
The national vision envisions a good position in the transportation sector in terms of infrastructure, services, and regulations so that this sector plays a catalytic role in energizing socio-economic growth and expansion.