From Francis Owusu-Ansah
The Omanhemaa of Berekum Traditional Area in the Bono Region, Nana Akosua Ameyaahene III, has interacted with the various drivers unions operating in the area.
The visit afforded the Queenmother the opportunity to abreast herself with the business activities of the drivers at the Berekum main lorry station.
Nana Akosua Ameyaahene III expressed her appreciation for the hard work at the station by the drivers under the various unions.
She officially informed the drivers that her efforts to secure an office for the operations of the Driver and Vehicle Lincensing Authority (DVLA) in Berekum for the first time, to enable the drivers acquire their licenses and process their car documentations in Berekum, instead of travelling to Sunyani for such services.
Nana Akosua Ameyaahene said she was renovating the old Berekum Assembly block to serve as the DVLA office, and called on the drivers to give her support to accomplish the task.
She advised the drivers to avoid wrong over-taking, wrong parking and over-loading to minimise the alarming rate of road accidents in the country. “I urge you to respect road traffic regulations. You must shun wrong over-taking, wrong parking, and over-loading in order to avoid unnecessary road accidents,” she said.
The drivers unions, led by Nana Yaw Kwakye, thanked the Omanhemaa for supporting their work, as she promised them during her installation as a Queenmother last year.
He pledged the support of all the driver unions for the Queenmother, and further assured the drivers that she was financially prepared to assist the renovation works of the old assembly building as the DVLA office in Berekum.
The drivers appealed to the government to fulfill its promises made to the people of Berekum to construct the town roads for them.
In a related development, the Board Chairman of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), Frank Davis, has declared its premises a no-go area for middlemen, popularly called “Goro Boys.”
Addressing a three-day mid-year review workshop organised by the authority in Sunyani, Mr Davis said the move, which is geared towards ensuring customer satisfaction, will make the authority unattractive for Goro boys, and cautioned staff of the authority against acts of corruption.
Mr. Davies said: “The authority is determined to stamp out corrupt practices in the system, and would not countenance any staff member who engages in it.”
According to him, the DVLA was creating a new image for itself to become the best public service organisation worthy of emulation, and it would depend on the hard work of the staff to make that happen.
“The new executives of the authority have worked hard to erase the bad image of the authority, as being corrupt, to introduce technologically innovative methods that have eliminated personal contact in doing business with clients,” he said.
He stressed that doing business with the authority was now more efficient, where transactions like vehicle registrations and license acquisition are all done electronically, and owners issued with vehicle registration smart cards.
He said the technology introduced was pushing out the middlemen who inconvenience clients.
He added: “I must warn us here that those of you who think you can beat the system, we have a computer wizard in a Chief Executive, and a lawyer for a Board Chair, so anyone who gets himself in any of the activities will be dealt with by the full force of the law, whether you are a staff of DVLA or an outsider.”