The Minority Spokesperson for Roads and Transport, Kwame Agbodza, is not satisfied with the Transport Ministry simply ensuring a halt in the compulsory GHc 108 charge for First Aid Kits by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).
Speaking on Eyewitness News after government had stopped the unapproved payment, Mr. Agbodza said the Transport Ministry must immediately set up a committee to probe the matter and punish those who took that decision.
[contextly_sidebar id=”Ya5j1V865MK1DCuZ9PTnCtyTMmkPXQv0″]“Who actually at the DVLA decided that in the name of this country called Ghana, drivers should be charged GHc 108 for First Aid Kits? The Ministry [should] quickly set up a committee, identify this individual or individuals, sanction them appropriately and give refunds to those whose refunds have been taken illegally.”
“Ghanaians are not going to take this apology and go home and say that is the end of it. I am not satisfied on that front. I am only satisfied that the Minister and his colleagues took that decision by listening to Ghanaians and saying that the charge was illegal,” the MP said.
Mr. Agbodza’s call came after the Deputy Minister of Transport, Titus Glover, said his outfit was not aware of the charges, and added the DVLA needed to have engaged its stakeholders properly before introducing the policy.
Titus Glover also said drivers who had been charged could have their monies refunded.
But Mr. Agbodza insisted that, a number of key questions remained unanswered hence the call for a probe.
“If the board is not aware and the Ministry is not aware, when the money is paid, is it paid to an individual? Is it paid to the DVLA account… is the board saying that they wake up to get GHc 100,000 in their account and they are not going to ask; how did this money come into our accounts? There is a lot we need to find out.”
According to him, the Transport Ministry also needed to be very concerned with the development.
“The Minister and the board need to be very scared of the possibility of some employees of government at DVLA capable of taking this kind of decision that is so sweeping to take money from the people of Ghana,” the MP stated.
By: Delali Adogla-Bessa/citifmonline.com/Ghana