Association of quarry drivers in the Afigya Kwabre district of the Ashanti region has expressed dissatisfaction and disappointment in the Afigya Kwabre district assembly over what the drivers suspect to be smart theft, forged receipt, and deception in its highest order, as they call for immediate reform.
According to the aggrieved drivers, an amount of Gh¢5.00 which was paid by each truck driver per day has risen to Gh¢5.00 per cubic (trip) instead.
Meaning, drivers have to pay Gh¢50.00 to Gh¢100.00 for the day based on the number of moves you make per the day.
Speaking to the Chairman of the association, Mr. Kwadwo Kusi, he said the assembly just stood up one day to change the payment decision with the explanation that the assembly had wanted to get more revenue to construct deplorable roads within the area for the quarry drivers and other road users of which he says has yielded nothing.
“We the quarry drivers are very much suffering since we are not getting anything, but only work and end up giving our monies to the assembly. The consolation which we had that roads were going to be constructed from such huge money charging has yielded no results”, he cried out.
Other truck drivers expressing disappointment and pointing fingers at the DCE, Hon Christian Adu Poku (APC) and the entire Afigya Kwabre district assembly said even the current receipt issued to them after they have made payment is fake as compared to the old genuine receipt which has a Coat of Arms inscription on it.
They continued by arguing that instead of the real revenue collectors from the assembly, the DCE has rather deployed some known vigilante group members and serial callers who rather come around to collect the money and then issue such fake receipt (ticket).
“Every government in power take drivers for granted considers us as fools, but we want to tell them we are not fools.
We are going to show them how intelligent we are”, they said.
Story by Emmanuel koranteng.