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Business News of Saturday, 22 February 2020


We have eliminated ‘Goro Boys’ following DVLA digitalization – Akufo-Addo

Akufo-Addo, Prez Ghana Akufo-Addo, Prez Ghana

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) offices across the country will be free of middlemen following the digitisation process, said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

According to him, the digital initiatives undertaken by the government is yielding great results.

During his fourth State of the nation’s address, the president assured the public of an end to the ‘goro boys’ menace.

“We are equally relieved that DVLA offices are no longer the same place it used to be, and we can get a driving license with ease without going through ‘Goro boys”, Akufo-Addo said on the floor of Parliament on Thursday.

Middlemen popularly known as “Goro Boys” in DVLA offices has long been a challenge.

The activities of goro boys meant increases in cases of faked number plates, licenses and roadworthy as some members of the public cut corners through goro boys.

The Management and Board of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) have introduced high security and digitised trade licensing with the aim of improving efficiency and security.

A statement issued by the DVLA said the introduction will also improve revenue generation at the ports on imported vehicles.

The DVLA is working within its mandate to contribute to the overall government agenda of digitizing the economy whilst significantly enhancing the ease of doing business in the country.

It said the digitization is part of the DVLA’s long-term plan to secure the entire vehicle registration regime in the country and ensure that it meets acceptable standards.

Other West African countries like Togo and Ivory Coast currently issue digitized trade licenses, which has helped them to work with Interpol and other international law agencies to track stolen vehicles at the points of entry whilst generating more revenue for the government, DVLA said.