From today, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, port workers in Tema will need a COVID-19 permanent permit pass before they can operate in the port, as directed by the Tema Sector Commander of Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
Joseph Adu-Kyei, the Sector Commander, explained that due to the partial lockdown to stem the spread of COVID-19, all essential staff and stakeholders who are to operate in the port will have to acquire the pass – which is expected to last two weeks.
Speaking on the Eye On Port Programme, Mr. Adu-Kyei explained that both the temporary and permanent passes are to ensure all port users adhere to the measures outlined by government for fighting the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.
Public Relations Officer of the Sector, Dzinunya Mawuli, had earlier told the B&FT that the sector has implemented a variety of measures to help protect port users.
“We are operating 24 hours, but the men who will be at work have been reduced. This is to help enforce social distancing among them, as they will be on rotation as well. Effective this week, some officials will come to work on a shift schedule while others proceed on leave,” she said.
She added that: “Although we are trying to scale-down human concentration to avoid infection, we will reduce a number of officials who come to work on shift schedule because we don’t want lots of people in one office”. About four to six officials in one office is decisive, depending on the number of people in various offices; as is limiting crowd gatherings and sensitising the people”.