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19.04.2007 General News

AIDS organisation attacks CEPS

By myjoyonline

The Country representative of Aid for AIDS Africa, Mr Nathaniel Nartey has challenged the basis on which relief items they imported into the country were auctioned by the Customs Excise and Preventive Service.

Speaking in an interview with Joy News, Mr. Nartey insists the items should not have been auctioned since his organization was in the process of clearing them.

An American charity organisation, Aid for AIDS Africa has been searching for a container load of relief items meant for persons living with HIV/AIDS, which arrived at the port in August last year.

However, CEPS disclosed that it auctioned the container load of anti-retroviral drugs and relief items imported for persons living with HIV/AIDS because no one claimed ownership after six months delay at the port.

The import laws stipulate that goods imported into the country are supposed to be cleared within a month.

The Public Affairs Director of CEPS, Ms Annie Anipa disclosed to Joy News that the medical supplies were auctioned on the 22nd of last month because no one came forward to claim it.

“After the expiration of the free storage period and the legal allowable time for goods to be kept at that freight station the goods were auctioned. One of the items was found to be expired and we directed ACS to contact customs so that the items can be processed for destructions,” she confirmed.