General News of Thu, 21 Jun 2018279
Exorbitant fees at the port killing us – Angry Ghanaian blasts government
A Ghanaian who resides in the United States of America (USA) is accusing the Akufo-Addo-led government of ‘killing’ Ghanaians who reside outside the country with ridiculous fees at the ports when clearing their goods.
This he says is the reason most of them cannot visit the country any more.
According to Amos Donkor, with government’s laudable one district one factory initiative, he planned to extend his transportation company based in the United States to Ghana but the amount he’s being charged to clear just one vehicle at the Tema port is too much for him to achieve his purpose.
He told UTV news that he was asked to pay between GH¢ 38,000 to GH¢ 40,000 just for two vehicles and eight refrigerators he brought into the country to help him execute his project.
“Why are you using your brains to kill Ghanaians… was the minister in charge of the port brought into office because of thievery?” he quizzed.
He said even though he paid the charged fee some of his goods were not given to him.
“I paid all the necessary duty on the goods I have imported but I still didn’t receive them. I will curse all those who are not willing to release my goods to me. Because I won’t travel, work hard to buy the goods I have imported to help me establish an affiliate of my company here in Ghana and get it locked up at the port,” Amos explained.
He wants Ghana to draw lessons from countries like Nigeria and Togo where he said commercial vehicles are cleared for free.
“I would have paid nothing for the goods that customs officials are demanding GH?4,000 for in Nigeria or Togo because they believe it will help the development of the country,” he stressed.
“As a Director and CEO of One Touch International, USA I am moving about in a taxi whilst my cars and other goods are still in the custody of the Ghanaian customs.”
He threatened to lay a curse on the nation if his goods are not released to him adding that the Akufo-Addo government had disappointed Ghanaians especially those living outside the country.