LOYAL NPP IMPORTERS THREATEN DEMO.;IF GOV’T REFUSES TO REDUCE HIGH IMPORT DUTY VALUES AND STILL ENCOURAGE CUSTOMS HARASSMENT
LOYAL NPP IMPORTERS THREATEN DEMO.;IF GOV'T REFUSES TO REDUCE HIGH IMPORT DUTY VALUES AND STILL ENCOURAGE CUSTOMS HARASSMENT
The Kumasi Central Market Importers Association and Eastern Corridor Importers Association who believed to be die heart supporters of New Patriotic Party NPP have been threatened massive demonstration against governing New Patriotic Party government led by H.E Nana Akuffo Addo ,if the high import duty values is not reduce drastically and frequent harassment by custom officers, police, national security taskforce in the name of extortion (money) from the importers is not cease.
According to the deputy secretary of the Association who briefed the press conference ,they have been importing goods and service from the Eastern Corridor part of Ghana for decades now.
Before the 2016 general election ,they were at mercy of the then state security agencies due to that they played a very vital role during the 2016 electioneering campaign to help the NPP to win power with the hope that their suffering will end so as to have improvement in their lives and the business they do.
But with all these and others they did through financially and spiritually ,to bring Nana Addo and NPP to power “our business and living conditions is worse than before ,under a Party we toiled hard hard to bring to power than what we experienced under the erstwhile John Mahama led administration.
Today,under our own government we have been harassed by some security agencies such as Customs National Security and the police on daily basis thus pushing us out of business”,said Nana Yaw Agyemang.
He added that the high import duty values, depreciation of the Cedi ,police and custom officers harassment has led most of the importers bankrupt under NPP government administration.
He indicates at times the police extort money from them without any reasonable meaning ,beat them up in order to frustrate them and when under duress they will be forced to give national security and police money.
He stressed that the members of the above mentioned fraternity are sending a final notice to the president of the republic Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo and his government whom they collectively help to come power that ,if the National security agencies do not stop harassing them ,they will organize a massive demonstration against the government failure to address their grievances at the end of this March ,2019 deadline ultimatum.
He therefore plead with the President to reduce high import duty values, Use the original invoices to under write duties, Work on the fast depreciation of the cedi,Stop the use of the US Dollars to work duties on goods which are bought in CFA and Eliminate all the illegal barriers band check point with immediate affect.
Sources : Koowaa.com/Kwame Baffoe Agyekum