the number of broken-down buses is an eyesore. Why? Because most of our buses were bought from countries whose buses are not versatile on our roads. Therefore, this particular Bill is not going to make any serious dent. What is most important is the management of the system.
We can continue to make so many laws but if the management is very poor, we would never have any efficient transport system in this country. However, we have to give it a chance to see what this Bill coming into law would make.
For that matter, I thank you for the opportunity.
Mr Samuel A. Jabanyite (NDC
-- Chereponi): Thank you, Madam Speaker, for giving me the opportunity to associate myself with this motion and also to support its implementation.
Madam Speaker, if you look at it, the
object of establishing this Centre would be to serve as a centre of expertise in urban transportation and provide know- how for the conduct of research into urban transportation, provide technical assistance and knowledge on urban transport to policy-makers in the country. I think that is the object of the whole Bill.
What I want to add here is that it should not just end there; it should be implemented so that less time would be spent, there would be less cost on transportation and the rush hour which we often experience here would be reduced to the minimum level so that productivity can be enhanced.
I do recall -- I think that was last
week Thursday -- I listened to a radio programme on Joy FM where an individual or a group of individuals had done some study into the life expectancy of the
[ADDAE-NIMOH] average urban Ghanaian, which is 57 years, 10 years of which is spent on sitting in cars to work. So I think a lot of time is being spent by commuters to work. I think that when this Bill is implemented, it will go a long way to reduce the rush hour and therefore, contributing to productivity in the country.
I therefore support this motion.
Mrs Catherine A. Afeku (NPP
-- Evalue Gwira): Madam Speaker, I would like to add my voice to the Hon Colleagues who have supported the Centre for Urban Transportation Bill which we are considering.
I want to draw the attention of the
House to the urgency in trying to engage in consultations with the driver associa- tions, namely, the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) and all the stakeholders who must be brought on board to ensure that the Centre for Urban Transportation becomes a reality. I say so because I fully support the implemen- tation of this Centre but we need to get these stakeholders, so they will see the need for them to come on board to support this laudable project.
Madam Speaker, once we implement the Centre for Urban Transportation, it will not only ease congestion on our roads, it will also bring efficiency and time management. We lose a lot of time in productivity because of hours spent on roads in traffic and once the mass transport has been implemented -- and implemented properly with all stake- holders on board -- I think Ghana stands to benefit. That is why I am lending my voice.
But again, as I say, stakeholders must be sat down and asked to appreciate, to understand the long-term benefit of this to mother Ghana.
At this point, I think I will urge all the leadership from the Ministries, from both committees, Rural Development and Local Government and Transport to take this step and be a bit proactive, so that we can bring consensus to this laudable idea.
I thank you, Madam Speaker.
Mr Samuel A. Gyamfi (NPP --
Odotobri): Madam Speaker, the establishment of the Centre for Urban Transportation, as it has already been said, is long overdue. The Centre will contribute a lot to the development of our dear nation.
Madam Speaker, the fact is that, it is not that we do not have experts in the country to plan our urban transportation system; we have a lot of them. But the problem is that these experts are not brought together to plan and also to implement some of these urban policies for the benefit of the nation. The establishment of the Centre will go a long way to bring all these experts together to do this proper planning for our urban transportation.
Madam Speaker, the benefits that the country will derive from this particular Bill that we are about to pass are so enormous. If for instance, we take the demands on our fuel, the fuel bill, we all know that we have a lot of cars in the system and if we move from the usage of cars to bus system, it is going to help a lot of people to get on board and the fuel bill for the nation will go down a bit.
Again, Madam Speaker, productivity,
as many Hon Colleagues have said, is very important. The fact is that a worker will have to leave home around 4.00 in the morning and after 5.00 p.m. the same person would have to stay in traffic for more than two, three hours before getting home.
So we ask ourselves, how can that
particular worker have some kind of rest so that he will have fresh energy for the next day's work? This is very, very crucial and I think that if the Centre for Urban Transportation is established, all these will be taken care of and productivity will be enhanced and the country will be the utmost beneficiary of this particular Centre.
Madam Speaker, let me end here by
saying that we need also to take note of the existing urban transportation providers. It is very important; some of the urban transport providers or the operators are not ready or they have a problem with this particular Centre.
I think what we need to do is to do a proper education because we are all going to benefit from this particular Centre that we are going to establish and I, therefore, urge the Ministry and the project office to do a lot of education so that all these stakeholders will come on board and we all support it and move the country forward.
Thank you, Madam Speaker, for the opportunity.
Mr. E. K. D. Adjaho NDC -- Avenor/
Ave): Thank you very much, Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker, in making my submission, I would like to refer to article 106 (6) of the Constitution which says that:
“The Report of the Committee, together with the explanatory Memorandum to the Bill, shall form the basis for a full debate on the Bill for its passage, with or without amendments, or its rejection, by Parliament.”
That is the stage at which we are now with the Committee's Report.
Madam Speaker, I have looked at the Committee's Report, specifically, the third paragraph under “Introduction”. It did indicate that the various institutions that they have spoken to at the Committee