Cleanliness as we all know is next to Godliness but most lorry stations in Ghana are eye sores to their visitors but same cannot be said of the Achimota Transport Terminal.
Popularly known as Achimota new station, Achimota Transport Terminal is located at Achimota in the greater Accra region of Ghana.
The construction of the ultra-modern bus terminal started during the first NPP government with the aim of reducing congestion along the Accra -Nsawam road. It was however commissioned and launched for use by the second NDC government led by the late John Evans Atta-Mills. The terminal can accommodate up to 800 commercial vehicles and still boasts of other facilities such as a police post for security and crime prevention, a fully staffed healthcare facility (clinic) for health emergencies involving commercial vehicle operatives and passengers, toilet facilities, etc.
In 2004, President Kuffour of the New Patriotic Party cut the sod for the commencement of the project. At the time congestion on the Accra -Nsawam road, particularly between the Apenkwa Interchange and Achimota was unbearable for drivers and passengers so the project was aimed at addressing that challenge. The road is also the major route connecting Accra to other Ghanaian cities such as Kumasi and Tamale, as well as carrying traffic to Burkina Faso and Mali.
The project, costing GHC1.2m to construct took around five years to finish. The never seen before bus terminal was officially opened on 17th December, 2009.
The terminal has 800 spaces for commercial vehicles, 80seater toilet facilities, 10 canteen rooms, a clinic and a police station. There is also a separate area for charcoal trucks.
Eight years after commissioning the bus terminal the place is still very neat and safe with all the facilities at the time of its opening in 2009 still intact and functional.
Mr. Nkrumah Amaning –the GPRTU Chairman of Kumasi- Asante Mampong speaking to Top FM midday news anchor Maame Yaa Coffie said the reason why they have been able to keep this place neat for the over eight years is that they have a dedicated cleaning company (KOAJAY ) responsible for cleaning the transport hub. KOAJAY Cleaning Services Limited has done a tremendous job to ensure cleanliness at the station.
The GPRTU chairman said the cleaning company sweeps the bus terminal and the other facilities four times daily and even sometimes more. Their workers are everywhere making sure that any litter left on the floor is picked and binned. A number of litter bins have also been provided at most parts of the station.
He said although patronage of the facilities by passengers is a bit low as compared to the old station, he hoped that that will change in the foreseeable future if they continue to keep the place clean. He added that hawking is still not allowed at any part of the terminal except at the designated canteen. The traders and the petty sellers have done a great service to us by understanding our “no hawking” policy over the years.
Mr Amaning advised that other lorry stations can emulate their success story in the area of cleanliness, security and discipline. The drivers and their mates need to be educated more for them to transfer it to the passengers. He said, it is time we Ghanaians come to the realisation that it is within our responsibility as Ghanaians to build the nation as we want it. So we should stop throwing rubbish anywhere we find ourselves, because whatever we give to nature, nature will give it back to us.
Source: Topfmonline.com/ Dominic Mondeh