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14.12.2006 Business & Finance

DVLA generates ¢57b in ten months

By GNA
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The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) generated over 57 billion cedis revenue between January and October.

The amount represents an increase of 17 percent over the 49 billion cedis collected during the same period in 2005.

The increase was as a result of the effective and efficient mechanisms put in place to check fake road worthy certificates and vehicle registration, Mr. Joe Osei-Wusu, Chief Executive of the DVLA, said at the authority's quarterly meeting in Accra last weekend.

The meeting was attended by management and staff from all over the country to take stock of the authority's stewardship during the year and to adopt new strategies for the coming year.

Mr Osei-Wusu said to boost revenue and prevent leakages plans are far advanced to extend the on-site banking services to the Kumasi office.

The authority also intends replacing all staff seconded from the Controller and Accountant General's Department to DVLA with DVLA's own staff from next year for effective revenue monitoring".

He said records available indicate that there has been improvement in the overall performance of all operational activities of the authority with most stations performing well in their financial management.

He however mentioned of Akim Oda, Cape Coast and Koforidua as recording varying degrees of embezzlement cases for which action has been taken.

In the area of vehicle registration, Mr Osei-Wusu said a total of 63, 148 vehicles have been registered as of October 2006, an increase of 17 per cent over that of 2005, while 434,836 vehicles were inspected for road worthiness certificate which also represents an increase of 15 per cent over the number inspected in 2005.

Despite the improvement in the number of vehicles inspected this year Mr Osei-Wusu said the authority stick faced the challenge of about 47 per cent of total population of over 830,000 vehicles failing to turn up for testing.

The authority has come far from where it started and can collectively forge ahead with greater determination to fulfill its mandate of ensuring safety on the roads, he said.

The board has approved the conditions of service submitted by the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration and management has started the process to have it reflect in salaries next year.

Mr. Osei-Wusu touched spoke of inadequate budgetary allocation from government, deteriorating state of the regional offices and inadequate personnel among other problems the authority is grappling with and urged the staff to make do with the existing resources while the management makes effort to rectify the anomalies.

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