The intervention of the government to resolve the problem of Ghanaian truck drivers stranded at the border of Burkina Faso, is a very welcome news.
The Ghanaian Times last Thursday, March 31, published the story of about 95 articulated truck drivers being denied entry into Burkina Faso, because they do not possess loading permits.
The drivers needed the permit in order to offload their goods in that country’s capital, Ouagadougou.
According to the drivers, the permit was introduced last year, but it was cancelled midway with the assurance by the country’s authorities that they would be informed should the decision be taken to re-introduce it.
The permit has been re-introduced and the Ghanaian truck drivers who arrived at the border have been denied entry unless they pay a penalty.
The Times appreciates the swift response of the government, charging Ghana’s Ambassador to Burkina Faso to quickly negotiate with that country’s authorities to have the stranded Ghanaians issued with the permit to enable them to enter to discharge their loads and transact all other businesses.
This whole incident might have occurred due to someone’s negligence in not passing the information on to the truck drivers.
This is because, according to the new directive by the Burkina Faso Ministry of Transport, it was mandatory for articulator drivers loading goods from the Tema and Takoradi Ports to possess the permit before setting off, and someone should have made them aware of that.
The Times is getting worried that the government is constantly being compelled to intervene in matters affecting its citizens because some officials who are paid to work, fail to perform their duties.
The Times insists that punitive sanctions should be meted out to all public officials whose dereliction of duty create such situations for which the government has to step in to resolve.