73 percent drinking bars operate without license
By: Isaac Akwetey-Okunor
A survey conducted by the Ghana Bar Operators Association (GHABOA) has indicated that about 73 percent of bar operators in the country are operating without legal documents.
A further twenty percent are operating without the required permit from the regulatory bodies.
About 949 operators, who were randomly interviewed during the survey, said that those who did not have permits, interestingly, said they did not know they had to acquire a license before operating.
This was contained in a press release copied to the Eastern file and signed by the General Secretary of the Association, Mr. Stephen Mensah.
According to the release, the country’s current alcoholic policy enjoins anyone who wants to operate a drinking bar to acquire a permit from bodies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Ghana Tourist Authority (GTA), Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Environmental Health Authorities, and District Assemblies.
The release expressed displeasure over the assemblies’ inability to check and ensure that operators have the necessary requirements that mandates them to work, but rather go round to collect rents and other rates from the operators, creating the impression that having paid the ground rents and rates, one was working within the stipulated requirements.
The Association has, therefore, called on drinking bar operators across the country to regularise their operations through the acquisition of the license and necessary documents.
The release further implored the government to reduce the number of agencies responsible for the issuance of permits and other documents, since it created a cumbersome process.
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