The Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) gave protective equipment and critical supplies to the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) to help in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in Ghana. The package included giant-sized Veronica buckets and complementary metal stands, handwashing soap, hand sanitisers, gloves, nose masks and face masks. The Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) said it felt obligated to contribute to the fight against the spread of the virus, which has so far claimed five lives in Ghana and more than 33,000 globally.

Director-General of Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) Mr. Thomas Alonsi said the gift to GPRTU made because the transportation union played a central role in transporting people across Ghana. Mr. Alonsi explained that, as an organization whose members transported people and goods between places, human contacts were inevitable, which also meant greater degree of risk in transmitting the novel coronavirus. Mr. Alonsi said the GMA’s intervention would help equip GPRTU to ensure that commuters and users of bus terminals were properly sanitized their hands before boarding buses and vans.

Mr. Alonsi said Ghanaians, institutions and even political parties have a duty to support government’s efforts at dealing with the pandemic which has compelled a global lockdown. National Chairman the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) Mr. Kwame Kumah praised the leadership of GMA for their thoughtfulness and assured GMA that the donated equipment and supplies would be utilized prudently.

Officers who witnessed the presentation of the equipment and supplies included Deputy Director-General of GMA (Finance & Administration) Mr. Yaw Akosa Antwi, Director of Finance of GMA Dr. Kwasi Wereko Awuah and Greater Accra Regional Chairman of GPRTU Mr. Emmanuel Nii Ankrah.

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