… Through A Port Integrity Initiative

The Port of Tema initiated a Port Integrity Campaign somewhere in August 2014. A year after the initiative was announced, a number of programs have been rolled out including staff sensitization durbars etc. To complement the efforts of Management to ensure a corrupt-free port. The 2014/2015 National Service year group have also embarked on a Port Integrity match throughout the Port environs to raise the awareness of Port users and staff on the stands of management to ensure honesty in doing business at the Port.

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The integrity walk which was led by the Tema Port Integrity Ambassador, John Mbah and the Management Coordinator of NASPA activities, Paul Asare Ansah saw participants distribute flyers to port users and the general public. The participants also displayed placards with inscriptions such as ?Service with Integrity Is Our Goal?, ?Pay No Bribe Take No Bribe?, ?Fraud is Punishable Avoid it?, ?Giving and Taking Bribe Is a Crime,? among others.

The Port of Tema Integrity campaign was initiated by the Management of the Port seeks to implement measures that will make doing business at the Port less expensive, eliminate unethical practices and make doing business at the Port of Ghana more attractive. The Integrity campaign also seek to position the Port of Tema as the most Customer focused Port in the West African Sub-Region.

Organizers of the Integrity walk believe it will send strong signals to service providers on behalf of GPHA that the Authority will no more countenance corrupt behaviors in the Port.
Marketing and Public Relations Manager of GPHA, Paul Ansah said taking of bribe before the delivery of service is frowned on by the Authority.

?We embarked on this integrity walk to send a clear message to all those providing services on our behalf that bribery and corruption are things we no longer countenance or they are traces we do not subscribe to in the provision of service,? he noted.
He said the target of the integrity campaign is also to stop harassment and extortion by the customs and police officers at the transit corridor.

?So the target is not people outside the port, it?s both the taker and the giver. Those who find the need to cut corners and induce people by way of offering them bribes to facilitate cutting of corners. They are our target,? he noted.

He said anyone found trying to extort monies from customers before offering services will be dealt with drastically.

Mr. Ansah advised port users not to pay any money without receipts being given to them.
?Do not pay any illegal money. Taking and receiving bribes are things we don?t subscribe to,? he noted.
The President of NASPA-GPHA, Solomon Anderson on behalf of the leadership of the National Service Personnel Association said they decided to join the integrity campaign because they subscribe to the rationale behind the integrity campaign.

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