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The Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Nii Ankrah, has outlined some achievements and developmental projects undertaken during his administration.
He said through his effective leadership several commercial drivers have undergone training through his developmental schemes. This is to ensure that accidents through careless driving are also minimized.
He made this known in an exclusive interview with ghananewsonline.com.gh to emphasize the transformational agenda the union is undertaking this year.
Nii Ankrah indicated that the union has continued with ceremonies to award decent and respectful drivers and their mates to ensure decency and discipline persist among commercial drivers in the capital.
He said through his efforts the union has established a credit union in all its branches in the Greater Accra region to oversee the welfare of the needy and also build a facility for the issuance of driver’s license and other certificates to drivers with the support of DVLA.
He said the union normally organizes health screening exercises for all the drivers and their mates across the branches and also give medications out to them, issue referrals forms to the patients, if possible, as a means of ensuring the well-being of the drivers.
“Since most at times, drivers find it difficult to go to the hospital, we normally engage with the health institutions to undertake the screening at the various welfare centers,” he echoed.
He, however, stated that the association has reinstated some personnel to support the MMTU to check and arrest recalcitrant drivers on the road. The union is also undertaking a huge project to secure new buses to replace old buses on the road.
The Regional Chairman explained that the union has no intention to increase transportation fares, even though fuel prices have gone up recently at the pumps. He said the union is engaging with government institutions and agencies to ensure that the increment of fares is in line with the new review status.
Nii Ankrah, started his journey as an employee of the Union in 1996 at the Tema -Station-Odorkor branch, he became the local secretary, then became the local chairman, then rose to become the Branch secretary, then Branch chairman, welfare trustee and finally, the Regional chairman of the Union.
The young and dynamic Regional chairman has won numerous awards including May Day Award organized by the Organized Labour of TUC, the youngest and hardworking Regional chairman Awards, among others.
Source: Nii Aflah Sackey