The Eastern Importers Association (EIA), is a group of traders who import goods from Togo using Accra, Aflao-Ho corridors of the country. They have accused some members of the National Security of harassing and extorting their goods on the route.
At a press conference with a large section of the aggrieved traders of the Association, adorned in red at Lebanon House, Tudu – Accra, Mr. Isaac Okweesi Armstrong, the secretary of the Association, noted that, the Eastern Importers Association members have suffered so many brutalities, illegal arrest, inhuman treatment and harassment for quite some time now in the hands of some ‘gangs’ claiming to be National Security Operatives, on Accra-Aflao-Ho route.
Mr. Armstrong stressed that, members are sometimes subjected to various degrees of assaulted and even threatened at gun point by some uniformed military personnel.
What even baffled our minds is that, currently, when they illegally seize our goods with such flimsy excuses that, the goods were being seized for either authentication or reexamination, they are not sent to the Custom Division of the GRA office at the Airport all in Accra as it used to be, but strangely the goods are sent to the former seat of government, Osu-Castle,” he alleged.
“When we are forced out of business it will affect Ghana’s revenue generation efforts and our families,” he lamented.
Therefore, the group is calling on the government of President Nana Akufo Addo, to as a matter of urgency, call these men to order, thus, these acts contributes to the corruption his government is trying very hard to fight.
Meanwhile, they are appealing to the government to also make the process of moving goods on the Eastern Corridor routes flexible, in order not for them to be forced out of their businesses.