By Cecil Mensah
Barring any unforeseen circumstance, commercial drivers in the Greater Accra Region (GAR), under the Ghana Private Roads Transport Union (GPRTU) of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), will this month go to the polls to elect regional officers to the steer affairs of the Union for the next four years.
Key among the contestants for the regional chairmanship is the incumbent, Robert Sabbah and a dynamic and affable commercial transport operator, Emmanuel Nii Ankrah.
This paper has learnt the candidature of Mr Ankrah is catching on like wild fire among the rank and file of the commercial drivers in the region.
According to some commercial drivers in the Tema Station lorry terminal in the Ministries area of Accra, Mr Robert Sabbah, after leaving post as Vice regional chairman to contest the Ablekuma Central parliamentary seat on the ticket of the then ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), has divided the front of the union.
Since then, the union has been dormant, because the leadership of Mr Sabbah has lost potency over the years.
This paper has learnt since Mr Sabbah, assumed the position of regional chairman, he has been undermining the executives of the region, as well as the former regional chairman, Alhaji Tetteh, who is now the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Kpone Katamanso Municipal Assembly.
Sources say, Mr Sabbah, have become a dictator and had silenced all dissenting views by victimizing them in the union.
The modus of Mr Sabbah, this paper learnt is to suspend the executives, he think are not on his side.
They claimed the union, which used to be vibrant during the reign of ex- President Jerry John Rawlings in the early eighties, has almost gone to sleep as a result of the maladministration of Mr Sabbah and Alhaji Tetteh’s exit from the union.
They said, the core leadership has become weak and cannot live up to the arduous task of leading transport industry in the region.
Mr Ankrah, this paper is informed is in his early forties, rose through the ranks to become the branch Chairman of the Odorkor Lorry Terminal.
He was recently unanimously elected, together with his branch executives to lead the branch for four years.
Mr Ankrah, by dint of hard work rose through the ranks as a local first Trustee of the Tema Station to Odorkor route, was promoted to the position of local secretary and unanimously elected as the secretary of the branch and now the branch chairman.
Mr Ankrah, was also appointed by the regional GPRTU to be a member of the Welfare Committee of the Tema Lorry Terminal.
This paper has gathered the rank and file of commercial drivers in the region, was elated about the decision by Mr Ankrah to join the race to unseat the dormant chairman.
According to them, since Mr Ankrah, assumed the membership of the Welfare Committee, issues of delays over payment of bonuses at the terminal has been a thing of the past.
Hitherto, payment of the meagre bonuses to members at the end of the year raise tempers among executives and branch members
They claim for years now, members wait without hesitation for the year to end for them to smile to the welfare office to collect their bonuses.