Story by: Fred Yaw Sarpong
Residents and commercial drivers at Mallam and Gbawe surrounding areas have complaint bitterly about the deplorable state of the Mallam Lorry Park.
The users of the lorry park find it difficult to go to the station to pick cars when ever its rains. These make the drivers parks along the main road and pick passengers, and it usually brings huge traffic to the area.
On the course of looking for the managers of the Mallam Lorry Park, both the Ga South Municipal Assembly and the Ghana Private Road Transport (GPRTU) unit at station refused to accept to be in charge of the station.
In an interview with the Chairman of the GPRTU unit at the station, Mr. Ephram Sack1ey explained that the Ga South Assembly brought them letter barely a year now, and indicated to them that the assembly supposed to take in charge of every lorry station in the municipality.
‘So we had discussion with them and they agreed to develop the station with the revenue they will generate from the tickets they are selling,’ said Chairman Sackey.
In August last year, the assembly started selling tickets at a price of 50 Ghana pesewa per a car on daily basis. ‘So when we realized the place gets bad when it’s rain, we complaint to the assembly and they brought gravels to level the place. But the gravel was rather clay and it did worsen the situation at the station,’ Chairman Sackey added.
According Chairman Sackey, the Ga South Assembly came back to take a look at the deplorable state of the station and they promised to do it once and for all. ‘Since then nothing has been done, as we enter into a year now since we had discussion with the assembly,’ he complaint.
In an interview with the District Chief Executive of Ga South Municipal Assembly, Hon. Jerry Acquaye Thompson, he categorically stated that the assembly was not in charge of the station.
He explained that the assembly has not been given full control over the station. According to him the assembly only sells tickets to the drivers at the station, but that is not enough to take full control over the station.
He added that the assembly is not in charge of the registration of cars and other levies charge by the caretakers of the station. ‘If they want us to manage the station, they should hand over the entire station to us,’ said Hon. Thompson.
In a month the assembly generate not less than GHc4,000 from the tickets they sell.
Also, the Gbawe Chief, who owns the land of the Mallam station, also sells tickets of 50 Ghana pesewa and GHc1 to the drivers who use the station. Taxis pay 50 Ghana pesewa while trotro’s pay GHc1 per daily basis.
Gbawe Chief tickets are meant for the maintenance of the station, especially to those who sweep the station as well as the young guys who direct the traffic on Mallam Gbawe road.