16.08.2006 General News

DVLA Buys Airways Training School

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The Government has handed over the offices of the Ghana Airways (Ghanair) Training School, near the Parks and Gardens, Cantonments, Accra, to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), which won a bid to buy the building.

The DVLA won the bid to purchase the 10-room building from among eight bidders and would rehabilitate the property, expand it and use it for its administrative activities.

With the acquisition of the new premise, the DVLA would move its administrative office to the new site and separate it from operational activities at the present office, opposite the Golden Tulip Hotel.

The cost of the building with adjoining garage on a .607 hectare was not disclosed, but DVLA Chief Executive Officer, Mr Joe Osei-Owusu said the "DVLA paid good money for the property".

He said the Authority's decision to acquire the premises was because it was located in a serene environment and had less traffic.

Mr Osei-Owusu said when work began at the new premises it would ease congestion, which gave rise to the collection of illegal monies by unauthorised agents nicknamed "gorro boys", for the processing of vehicle documents.

Mr Eric Nipah, Assistant Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Consultant to the official liquidators, the Registrar-General's Department, handed over the keys of the property to Mr Agyeman Berko, Board Member of DVLA.

Mr Nipa said Ghanair had a total of 30 assets out of which eight had been sold as part of the liquidation exercise to enable it pay its debts.

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