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General News of Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Source: Class FM

We feel your pain; goodies coming, don't march – MoTI to spare parts dealers

The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoTI) has pleaded with spare parts dealers at Abossey Okai in Accra, not to go on their planned demonstration against the government.

Deputy Minister Carlos Ahenkorah, said on Wednesday, 19 September 2018 that measures are being put in place to deal with their concerns, hence, there will be no need to hit the streets.

Members of the National Concerned Spare Parts Dealers Association, on Tuesday served notice that they will soon demonstrate over “government’s insensitive increase in taxes, high import charges and the inability to stabilise the dollar as promised.”

The march is slated for Friday, 21 September 2018 in Accra.

A statement signed by Kwabena Agyei, Chairman of the Association said: “The above-mentioned issues coupled with government’s introduction of its Bench Mark Value (BMV), which has almost tripled charges at the ports, have overburdened our members.

“We, therefore, wish, as law-abiding citizens, to register our dissatisfaction toward the government through a nation-wide demonstration which starts from Accra on the above-mentioned date.

“We wish to reiterate our commitment towards a peaceful demonstration.”

However, Mr Ahenkorah told Ghana Yensom’s sit-in host, Katakyie Obeng Mensah, on Accra 100.5FM on Wednesday, 19 September, that: “This government is thinking about spare parts dealers, we know and feel their concerns and, so, measures are being put in place to deal with their issues.

“The government pleads with them not to hit the streets because goodies are on the way coming as far as their businesses are concerned.”

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