As part of efforts by the Joint Association of Port Transport Union (JAPTU) to streamline and strengthen its collaboration with relevant duty bearers in the transit haulage sector in Ghana, JAPTU organized a stakeholders’ forum to:

  • Provide update on key milestones attained in the review process
  • Allow the rank and file to interact directly with duty bearer
  • Discuss the next steps in the review process

The meeting which was chaired by Madam Monica Josiah was well attended with representatives from the following institutions:

  • Ghana Shippers Authority
  • Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority
  • Ghana Police Service
  • Port Security
  • Ghana Haulage Transport Owners’ Association (GHATOA)
  • Ghana Haulage Transport Drivers’ Association (GHTDA)
  • Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) – Tema Port
  • Concerned Drivers’ Union
  • T.R.A.F (Burkina Faso)
  • Conseil Malien des Transporteur Routers (C.M.T.R)
  • Syndicat National des Transporteurs Mechandise du Niger (S.N.T.M.N)

Representatives from all the duty bearers and the leadership of affiliate associations were unequivocal in their affirmation of their commitment to JAPTU and expressed their most profound appreciation to all who have played various roles in the JAPTU reform exercise.

In his welcome address to the gathering, Alhaji Shamsu Babayaro highlighted the following as some of the significant milestones of the JAPTU reform process. These milestones included:

  • A review and updating of the JAPTU constitution
  • Election of substantive officers for fixed terms of office to be held
  • Reformation of JAPTU’s administrative and accounting procedures to be consistent with proven international standards and best practices and to demonstrate accountability and transparency to all.
  • Launching of an official JAPTU website and strong social media presence
  • Compilation of a reliable database of members
  • Liaison and collaboration with appropriate institutions to institutionalize appropriate capacity building programmes and other relevant interventions for members
  • Formulation of a five (5) strategic development plan
  • Establishment of modalities to streamline JAPTU’s interactions with duty bearers in the transit haulage sector
  • Strengthening of internal and self-regulations of the operations of members
  • Putting in place suitable and sustainable welfare schemes for members

Alhaji Shamsu, speaking in his capacity as acting Vice Chairman of JAPTU said that, “as JAPTU braces itself to embrace the dawn of a new beginning with a vision of becoming a professional and reliable transit trade facilitator in the West African Sub-Region that delivers competent inland haulage services in accordance with the highest ethical standards and international best practices and also guarantees, at all times, safe and timely delivery of cargo and working most actively and diligently for the elimination of the diversion of transit cargo and all other unethical conducts within the transit trade in Ghana and beyond. Our mission shall be to enhance the cooperation among members to actively support all duty bearers in the transit trade sector in Ghana to maximize revenue to the state by implementing plans and programmes which will eliminate all transit cargo diversions and ensure the adherence to the highest ethical standards among all actors within the transit trade in Ghana.”

Some of the key personalities who graced the occasion included:

  • Alhaji Abdulai Haruna (Dagomba Boy) – Acting Chairman, JAPTU
  • Alhaji Abdul Rahamani Muniru – Chairman, Ghana Haulage Truck Owners’ Association
  • Yaw Dogbey –Executive Member, GNCTA
  • Nuru-deen Mohammed – Secretary, GNCTA
  • Sulemana Kamara – GNTOA
  • Alhaji Mahdi Babamu – TMHGTS
  • Sina Mumuni – Head of Operations, JAPTU
  • Mahama Salley Gumah – JAPTU
  • Abdou Adamou – Niger Syndicat Union
  • Diawda Sayou – OTRAF
  • Huseini Oudraou – Burkina Drivers Union