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08.04.2006 General News

Drivers complain of police harassment

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New Akrade (E/R), April 8, GNA - Drivers in the Asuogyaman and the Manya Krobo districts had complained about harassment and hash treatment by the personnel of the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Police Service in the area.

They complained that there were times when on the same day in between Asuogyaman District and the Manya Krobo District, there could be five groups of MTTU personnel from different divisions of the Police Unit on the road.

A group from Koforidua, another from Accra, a group from Volta Region, another from the Asuogyaman District and another from the Manya Krobo District all on the same stretch of road between Anum and Kpong. This came to light during the fifth People's Assembly organized at New Akrade in the Asuogyaman District and Odumase in the Manya Krobo District on Friday.

The Eastern Regional Police Commander, Mr Renold Kwakye explained that he ordered the police to the area because of complaints of indiscipline on the roads in the two districts.

The Member of Parliament for Asuogyaman, Mr Kofi Osei Ameyaw warned his political opponents in the district, whom he alleged to have photocopied some libellous publications against him and distributing in the District that he would deal with them.

He said the government attempt to control the importation of cheap textiles into the country had backfired and rather led to high smuggling of textiles into the country, making the smuggled textiles much more cheaper than the locally produced cloths.

Mr Ameyaw said the government was talking to some strategic investors to take over the Juapong Textiles Factory to produce some of the Chinese prints and create employment in the area. He said he had set aside some money for the establishment of a mobile clinic to help provide health care for people staying at the hard to reach areas in the district.

The Eastern Regional Director of Health Service, Dr Ebenezer Appiah-Denkyirah said the completed Health Centre at Ajena, which was funded by the Saudi Fund, could not be used because the contractor had seized the keys to the place, claiming that he had not been paid for the project.

The Presiding Member of the Asuogyaman District Assembly, Mr M. K. Afunya warn those who had been spreading false rumours about political figures from the area to desist from such activities and invited people, who had anything to offer to take part in the forth-coming District Assembly Elections to enter the Assembly to contribute their quota.

The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Yaw Barimah said some people claimed they do not have money in their pockets, because the government had put in place measures to make it impossible for them to steal money belonging to the people of Ghana. He said through such measures, the government had managed to recover 209 billion cedis out of 102 trillion cedis, which were lost to the state. Mr Barimah explained that there was no Krobo Minister of State, because the Krobos did not help the President by not electing a Krobo into Parliament for the President to nominate that fellow into his cabinet.

He advised the Krobos to stop "looking one way" when it comes to politics. 8 April 06