THE new Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo, has called for co-operation from the various transport unions in the region to help check indiscipline among commercial drivers on the roads.
He said the non-observance of maintenance culture and complete disregard for road signs and safety regulations had been the cause of avoidable road accidents in the region and other parts of the country.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo made the call when he paid a familiarisation visit to the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) Secretariat in Sunyani.
He appealed to the various motor unions to embark on intensive road safety campaigns for their members to help reduce the carnage on the roads, stressing that reckless drivers must be sanctioned to serve as a deterrent to other irresponsible motorists in society.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo noted that his administration would work with all stakeholders in the road transport sector in the region in line with the government’s agenda.
The new regional minister also bemoaned the indiscipline among taxi drivers in the Sunyani municipality, who disregarded road traffic regulations and posed danger to other road users.
He charged the various motor unions in the municipality to call those recalcitrant taxi drivers to order.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo expressed his gratitude to the Sunyani GPRTU for providing buses for some NDC supporters from Sunyani to Accra and back free of charge to witness the swearing-in ceremony of President J.E.A. Mills.
He assured the leadership of the various transport unions in the region that his doors were always open for frank discussions.
Messrs Edward Atta Buahin and Richard Yaw Amankwa, vice-chairman and secretary respectively of the Sunyani branch of the GPRTU, on behalf their members, pledged their support for the new regional minister and promised to help make his administration a success.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo also paid a visit to the Sunyani Magazine where he met with the leadership and members of the Ghana National Association of Garages and gave the assurance that the roads leading to the area would be tarred.
Portrait of Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo, the new Brong Ahafo Regional Minister.