Two customs officers with the Tema Collection were among five personalities honoured for their dedicated services to the Logistics and Transport Industry by the Tema branch of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) at its excellence awards held in Tema.
Mr Ebenezer Acquah-Bentil, Assistant Collector (Policy and Programmes) was adjudged the Customs Officer of the year 2011 in the senior staff category while in the junior staff division, Mr Stephen Appiah, Collecting Assistant Three – Warehousing won the Customs Officer of the year, 2011.
Three other individuals; Mr Samuel Buobu, Mr Lackson Legah, and Mr Macdonald Chimandas Vasnani received awards for Terminal Supervisor of the year, CILT member of the year, and Logistics and Transport personality of the year respectively.
Eight institutions were also recognised and honoured at the ceremony.
They included OLAM Ghana Limited (Shipper of the year 2011), Allship Ghana Limited (Freight Forwarding Company of the 2011) and Panalpila Ghana Limited (Customs House Agent of the year).
Others were Golden Gate Stevedoring Company Limited (Stevedore Company of the year 2011), African Coastal Services (Inland Container Depot of the year) and Consolidated Shipping Agencies Limited (Container Freight Station of the year).
The rest were ETS Niger Commence (Transitor of the year – Niger), and ETA BLISSEMENTS TIENDREBEOGO SAIDOU (Transitor of the year 2011 – Burkina Faso.
Speaking at the function, Mr Richard Anamoo, Director General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, who was the guest of honour, commended CILT-Ghana for its commitment to the advancement of Logistics and Transport in the country.
He commended the award winners for their selflessness, dedication and devotion to duty, which had promoted the study of science and the art of logistics and transport.
In a welcoming address, Mr Kumi Adjei-Sam, Chairman of the Tema branch of CILT, said the awards were conceived and instituted to recognise the contribution and distinguished performances of the various players in the logistics and transport industry, which he pointed out, was the nucleus activities in the country.
In a goodwill message, Corporate Initiative Ghana (CIG) pledged to work with CILT-Tema to ensure that; “we continuously improve upon the awarding procedure and follow best practices in soliciting views and opinions of service users, and in the analysis and verification of data collectors.”
The awards ceremony was the first of its kind to be held by CILT-Tema whose major sponsors were the Ghana Shippers Authority, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport-Ghana, and Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA).
Other donors included Golden Gate Services Limited, Everpure Ghana Limited, Trans Global Logistics, and Coca Cola Ghana.
Among the dignitaries present at the function was Alhaji Asuma Banda, Member of the Council of State. GNA