By Dennis Osei Gyamfi, GNA
Accra, March 14, GNA - Mr John Benyawor has been elected as the new National Executive Chairman of the Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC), in an election supervised by the Electoral Commission in Accra on Thursday, March 14.
Mr Benyawor won 32 votes (70 per cent) out of the 46 total votes cast to defeat his opponent, Edward Hoffman who recorded 14 votes representing 30 per cent of the votes cast.
Mrs Hagar Rachel Owusu, the Presiding Officer for the elections, who declared the results also announced, Nana Djan as the winner of the Deputy General Secretary position.
Nana Djan won 27 votes (59 per cent) out of the 46 total votes cast, whilst his opponent, Andrews Kwesi Kwakye recorded 19 votes (41 per cent).
With other Executive positions contested unopposed, Mrs Owusu declared Eric Yaw Agyei as the First National Chairman, Alhaji Mohammed Tanko as Second National Chairman and Emmanuel Ohene Yeboah as the General Secretary.
The rest of the Executives are Ernest Oppong Boateng, National Treasurer and Mubarak Iddrisu Lawal as the National Financial Secretary.
The newly elected National Executives were subsequently sworn into office by Mr David Adonteng of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC).
Mr Adonteng charged the new National Executives of the Council to come up with new ideas that will improve the safety situation on the roads.
He, however, urged the newly elected body to support the NRSC in its yet to be introduced ‘Driver Training’ policy which will expand the knowledge of drivers on keeping the roads safe.
Mr Daniel Essel, Senior Planning Officer at the Ministry of Transport who read a speech on behalf of the sector Minister congratulated the GRTCC for peacefully electing its leaders.
He said it was the duty of the new leaders to unify the Council from any divisions or bitterness the election campaign process might have caused.
He said the number of people, who died through road accidents was depressing and urged the newly elected body to make road safety a top most priority.
He said his Ministry was ready to work with the GRTCC and other stakeholders to ensure that better policies were implemented to the benefit of every road user.
Mr Benyawor, on behalf of the newly elected National Executives, thanked the delegates for the confidence reposed in them.
He said under his leadership, he will ensure that the GRTCC gets an office complex of its own where administrative work would be done.
The Chairman said he was ready to work with everyone and would focus on bringing back all member Association who have left the Council.
He called on government to support the Council members to acquire quality cars at affordable rates so as to reduce the number of low-quality cars on the roads.