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19.12.2005 Regional News

Motor riders in Aflao form union to assist in checking criminality

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Aflao, Dec 19, GNA - A 400 member Ketu District Motor Riders Union (KDMRU) with the aim of assisting Ghana security agencies in combating cross border theft of motorbikes was on Sunday inaugurated at Aflao. Membership is made up of private motor riders, motor taxi operators and motor mechanics who promised to hand over to security authorities people who call at their workshops with bikes suspected to be stolen.

Motor taxi operation, an emerging business in the Aflao area, started when some Togolese motor taxi operators who escaped political crises in their country early this year brought with them the business. Togbe Amenya Fiti V, Paramount chief of the Aflao Traditional Area, asked the union to make sure all motor owners who have their bikes registered in Togo and operating in Ghana to change them to conform with the laws of Ghana. He said it would be unheard of to see a Ghanaian registered bike operating freely in Togo.

Togbe Fiti also advised the riders to adhere to the wearing of helmets and make sure they had a rider's license. Mr Richard Logah, Chairman of KDMRU, said his group would liase with the police in sensitising drivers to recognize the right of motor riders on the road. Representatives of Kodjoviakope Motor Riders Association in Lome pledged their support for KDMRU and asked for cooperation to check motorbike theft and other cross-border crimes.