By Cecil Mensah
The newly elected Greater Accra regional Accra Chairman of the Ghana Private Roads Transport Union (GPRTU), Mr Emmanuel Ankrah, has called on the rank and file of commercial drivers in the region to remain calm, whilst the new executives take steps to address issues affecting the sector.
According to him, he and his team are much aware of the issues that has confronted the sector over the past few months and gave the assurance steps would be taken to address them.
“I will call for a stakeholders meeting in the next few months to deliberate on the issues that has confronted the transport sector.
Am aware members are unhappy about some of the policies enacted, particularly about the seatbelt poilcy and issue of no license for illiterate drivers yet to be implemented by the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Authority (DVLA)”.
He took the opportunity to appeal for calm and called on the members to wait for the new executives to fully assume office to have some of these issues addressed for the smooth running of the union in the region.
He said, his administration would operate an open- door programme that would allow all members to vent their issues, rather than going to court or to the media to discuss issues affecting the union.
Mr Ankrah , gave this assurance in an exclusive interview with The Herald, after his election in Accra last week.
On May 27, members of the Greater Accra regional GPRTU, went to the polls and elected five regional executives at Arts centre in Accra.
The intense elections, was graced by the National Chairman of GPRTU, Alhaji Yaw Manu, Kwesi Ansah, Second National Trustee, Alhaji Tetteh, a former Greater Regional GPRTU Chairman and now Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Kpone Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA)and National General Secretary, Mr Stephen Okudjeto.
After several hours of intense lobbying on the election day, Mr Ankrah ,who contested the incumbent regional chairman, after nominations polled 284 votes, whiles the incumbent chairman, Mr Sabbah polled 184 votes, thereby, allowing the voting process to begin.
After several hours of voting, Mr Ankrah, polled 244 votes to be elected the regional chairman, Alhaji Iddrisu Tetteh, as Vice chairman, Emmanuel Kwakuvie, as First Trustee and Jacob Odai, as the Second Trustee.
Mr Robert Sabbah, polled a disappointing 202 votes, losing his position to Mr Ankrah.