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We Won’t Accept Tow Levy – National Cargo Transport Association

The chairman of the National Cargo Transport Association has called on the government to reconsider the charges of the mandatory towing levy.

According to Alhaji Mohammed Tanko, the charges for penalties is too high for them to afford since vehicles are not deliberately left on the roads.

He raised these concerns at a Road Safety Management Forum organised to educate Ghanaians on the national towing project.

Alhaji Mohammed Tanko said, "we agreed to pay for our cars to be removed on the roads and now the National Road Safety Management is charging us GHC100 for parking after 5 days, that’s too much”.

“We didn’t start this project to make money but to save lives," he added.

The levy was drafted by the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration and passed by the previous Parliament to reduce accidents caused by broken vehicles on the country’s roads.

As part of the law, vehicle owners and motorcyclists will be expected to pay a compulsory annual fee ranging from GHS20 to GHS200 for towing services.

The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) awarded the contract to the Road Safety Management Limited (RSML), a subsidiary of the JOSPONG Group, owned by businessman Joseph Siaw Agyapong.

UK Issues Alert On Possible Terror Attack In Ghana

A security alert released by the UK government claiming Ghana faces an imminent terrorist attack has seated on the minds of Ghanaians.

On Thursday, August 3, the alert which came on their website stated, “terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Ghana. While there have been no recent attacks in Ghana, terrorist groups in West Africa have demonstrated their capability and intent by mounting attacks in 2015 and 2016 in Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Mali, targeting beach resorts, hotels, cafes and restaurants visited by foreigners”.

They advised all foreign nationals to always carry a copy of their passports and other documents on them whilst they keep the original somewhere safe.

“Also, for the safety of foreign nationals, a person must carry with him/her a photocopy of their passport at all times while the original document remains in a safe place,” they stated.

Also, the Canadian government on May 2017 also warned its citizens travelling to Ghana to be wary of an imminent terror attack on Ghana. The notice said “There is a threat of terrorism. Terrorist targets could include shopping malls, government buildings, and public areas such as bars, restaurants, hotels and sites frequented by Westerners. Be aware of your surroundings in public places’’.

Moreover, the UK government in an article on the gov.uk website advising its citizens indicated that the Ghanaian local laws and customs must be respected by all foreign nationals so as to avoid any suspicion or misconduct from an individual especially with the way of dressing.

“Ghana is a conservative and deeply religious country. Although modern and progressive attitudes also prevail, you should show respect for traditional values and morals”.

Below are the points made by the UK government on their website on how foreign nationals can be safe:

1. Dress modestly in public.

2. Wearing military clothing including camouflage is prohibited.

3. Don’t become involved with drugs of any kind. Penalties for drug related offences are severe. Even possession of small amounts of marijuana can lead to a prison sentence in excess of 5 years, usually after a lengthy and expensive legal process. Bail is not normally granted. Class A drugs like cocaine are likely to be laced with other substances. Foreign visitors, including British nationals, have died after taking these drugs.

4. Carry a photocopy of your passport with you at all times, and put the original document in a safe.

5. Homosexuality is illegal. Although there is a small gay community, there is no ‘scene’ and most Ghanaians don’t accept that such activity exists.

6. Photography near sensitive sites like military installations or the airport is strictly prohibited. Ask permission if you want to take a photograph of a building where there are guards on duty. Beware of self-appointed officials trying to charge fees to take pictures of well-known sites of interest.

7. Ghanaian family law is very different from UK law, particularly when child custody becomes an issue.

8. The fear of having to experience the tragedy of some countries affected by terrorist attacks have brought experts, politicians and even pastors to the centre of this alert.

Minority spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has charged government to take immediate steps to assure the safety of Ghanaians.

“I think that it is important for the Ghanaian government to respond to this if there is a looming terrorist attack. If there is, are citizens being alerted and what is being done to ensure that we are safe,” Hon. Ablakwa said.

Security analyst David Agbe has urged security agencies in the country to endeavour to create preventive measures to anticipate any possible terrorist attack on the country.

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