Management of the Obuasi branch of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has resorted to the involvement of the Bureau of National Investigation (BNI) and other security agencies, such as the police, to help flush out middlemen who extort money from prospective clients of the institution in their name around its premises.
Activities of such middlemen, who are locally known as “Goro boys,” have been deterring prospective customers from doing business with the DVLA as these people meet their clients and offer services to them in the name of the DVLA, which sometimes turn to be fake or clients end up paying much more that what they supposed to pay if they had dealt directly with the office.
This was disclosed by the Obuasi manager of the DVLA, Mr. Robert Aklamanu Maxwell, in an interview with this paper at Obuasi, when he stated that there have been countless efforts by the management to ensure sanity at the place, but could not yield the best result due to the fact that the DVLA office shares the same premises with other corporate organisations.
Mr. Aklamanu said his outfit has no total control over the premises and could not monitor who comes in or leaves the premises, hence the difficulty of flushing out those ‘Goro boys.’
He therefore appealed to the Obuasi Municipal Assembly and the mother authority in Accra to help put up a permanent office for them on a parcel of land they have acquired at Kunka, a suburb of Obuasi, some two years back in order to help bring issues of middlemen to the barest minimum.
The manager sent a strong warning to any staff of the DVLA who aids such middlemen to desist from the practice, since such behaviour is not only criminal but also drains revenue generation of the authority.
According to him, anyone caught in such act would never be spared, adding that the so called ‘Goro boys’ must begin to leave their premises before the law catches up with them.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Lawrence Kumah, Obuasi