By Cecil Mensah
Commercial drivers at Odorkor, have blamed the delay in reconstructing the Odorkor Lorry terminal on the ineptitude of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Dr Alfred OKo Vanderpuije.
According to them, the failure of the AMA to reconstruct the terminal, has been the cause of the flooding at the terminal over the years.
The Herald can report that last Thursday June 5, 2014 downpour caused havoc, running into several thousands of Ghana Cedis drivers and shop owners at the terminal.
Speaking to The Herald after the rains, Mr Emmanuel Ankrah, the Odorkor Ghana Private Roads Transport Union (GPRTU) Welfare Committee Chairman said, the lack of proper amenities at the terminal had been the cause of flooding at the terminal at the least down pour.
He said all distress calls to the Assembly to have the deplorable conditions at the terminal corrected, has proved futile, as the Assembly is helplessly looking, whilst lives and properties are lost.
He said, it beats his imagination, why the Assembly collects daily tools of one thousand Ghana Cedis, but the terminal has not seen any facelift.
He said, several stalls and vehicles got damage last Thursday, because the drainage system in and around the terminal, have not seen improvement over the years.
He disclosed that letters upon letters have been written by the leadership of the terminal to the Assembly to have the terminal reconstructed, but all to no avail.
He continued that appeals to have the terminal graveled have also fallen on deaf ears and members are running out of patience.
According to him, any time it rains, drivers in the terminal had to visit the fitting shops to have their starters repaired, because water gets enters their engines.
Several of the drivers, this reporter spoke to, expressed frustration about the way and manner the Assembly was handling the issue of the reconstruction of the terminal, in spite of the huge gains the Assembly makes at the terminal.
On his part, Mr Abraham Dodoo, the Welfare Commandant of the Odorkor Terminal, appealed to the personnel of the Ghana Police Service to take action on the recalcitrant drivers that use the Odorkor Post Office area as a bus stop in spite of the huge sign post, warning them to desist
from doing so.
He said, because drivers prefer stopping at any conceivable bus stop, instead of coming into the terminal, this has resulted in some drug addicts forcibly taking away belongings of passengers, who alight there.