DVLA under siege

Mr Noble Appiah,DVLA Boss

Mr Noble Appiah,DVLA Boss

The Chief Executive Officer of the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), Mr. Noble Appiah has accused some businessmen of sponsoring middlemen popularly known as “goro boys” to acquire similar gadgets being used by the authority and are producing and issuing fake documents to unsuspecting clients.

Mr. Appiah did not disclose the names of the businessmen involved citing security reasons.

But he said, recently a 40 footer container imported by a Ghanaian businessman, contained documents and gadgets intended to print fake documents was impounded by the security agency at the ports.

“So the operations of the ‘goro boys’ are sponsored by businessmen to acquire similar materials and equipments of DVLA to print fake documents such as the licence, roadworthy stickers and registration papers” he said.

Mr. Appiah said this on Saturday at a day’s workshop for media practitioners organised by the authority.

It was to enable the media and the general public to appreciate and understand the operations and management of the authority, how it was delivering on it mandate and the strategic direction to reposition and respond to the needs of customers.

He said activities of the goro boys interrupt the professional operations of the DVLA as they harass and intercept documents from clients supposedly to be sent to DVLA officials.

He said goro boys extort monies from DVLA clients ostensibly to help them acquire driving documents but end up giving the customers fake documents, hence the need for all stakeholders to collaborate with the authority to clamp down on the  operations of the ‘goro boys’ to restore the image of DVLA.

“The activities of goro boys continue to dent the image of the authority that is why the DVLA has strengthened collaboration with the security agencies to clamp down the operations of ‘goro boys’ he said.

He said the authority had implemented some strategic policies to ensure that the process of acquiring documents became faster and convenient.

He said infrastructural development at Koforidua, Takoradi, Tamale and Tema were ongoing to build capacity of the authority in those areas.

Mr. Appiah said the authority would soon provide mobile service to corporate institutions, professional bodies and districts where DVLA does not presently have facilities.

From Bernard Benghan,Dodowa

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