Ing. Joseph Oddei
CONFERENCE ON TRANSPORT & MOBILITY IN GHANA BY GHANA INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERING
- We, the Members of the Ghana Institution of Engineering, other representatives from the Ministries of Road and Highways, Transport and the National Development Planning Commission,
- Gathered on the 15th Day of March, 2018 at the Engineers Centre, Accra,
- For a one-day conference on Transport & Mobility in Ghana with a theme “Addressing the Technological Challenges Confronting Mobility: the way forward for sustainable urban development,”
- Had presentations from speakers discussing the need to address transport and mobility challenges in Ghana and
- Clearly agreed that for sustainability in Ghana’s Social and Economic Development, mobility is very important.
We have identified, broadly, the following issues impacting negatively on the subject matter:
- Traffic congestion and its associated impact on the urban environment and infrastructure;
- The lack of an effective and efficient Urban Road Network;
- The effect of greenhouse gas emissions due to the expected increase in motorization;
- The lack of modal integration of transport systems;
- Inter-sectoral collaboration challenges;
- Public transport and operation challenges;
- Road safety and access for the disable;
- Land-use and its impact on general transportation planning;
- Funding to support improvement of transport infrastructure.
We observed some technological challenges as follows:
- Inadequate intelligent transport systems to provide consistent and capable mobility for easily access to users (for example, mechanism to supply traffic and other transport information, Smart Highway Tolling Collection System, CCTV for Traffic Surveillance etc.);
- Capacity to develop remotely controlled vehicles and aircrafts in transport service delivery.
- The Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) concept should be taken to a level that can be embraced by all stakeholders;
- Transport infrastructure systems should envisage the effective use of cycling and walking;
- There should be effective implementation of multi-modal solutions within the transport system. For example, developing a High Speed Rail infrastructure linking major cities to boost and open up economic space along corridors;
- Ensure the rational use of land to maximize road use capacity.
- Ensure the implementation effective traffic systems
- Government should involve the private sector in developing solutions for the technological challenges.
- There must be effective coordination amongst players for the urban transport sector.
We the setting up of an intelligent mobility fund to support research and development including other mobility infrastructure