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Policemen have been cautioned to stop conducting checks on transit cargo trucks on ECOWAS corridors.

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The Police Administration has directed that with immediate effect policemen along the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) transit corridors should not conduct checks on transit cargo trucks.

“Any police officer or officers found to have gone contrary to this directive would be made to face the full rigours of the law,” it warned.

Speaking to the Daily Graphic in Accra yesterday, the Director-General in charge of the Press and Public Affairs Department of the Ghana Police Service,

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP), Reverend David Nenyi Ampah-Bennin, explained that the directive was to facilitate the smooth movement of goods and services in ECOWAS countries.

He also said the decision was taken at a meeting the police had with other stakeholders including the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), the Borderless Alliance, the National Facilitation Committee (NFC) and Ghana Shippers Authority.

Approved police barriers

There are seven ECOWAS approved police barriers on the central corridor and these are located in the Northern, Upper East, Ashanti and the Greater Accra regions.

Rev. Ampah-Bennin said there were three approved sites in the Northern Region, namely Fulfoso Junction, Nambogo and Nasia; and Pwalugu in the Upper East.

He named the approved police barriers in the Ashanti Region as Kantanso/Asankare and Doboro in the Greater Accra Region.

Unimpeded access

According to Rev. Ampah-Bennin, the Police Administration has also tasked all regional police commanders to ensure that henceforth, transit cargo trucks are given free access along the country’s corridors to their countries of destination.

He said at the stakeholders’ meeting, the Police Administration explained to the participants that appropriate checks on the transit trucks would be made at the various points of entry, where the truck drivers would also be certified. Rev. Ampah-Bennin added that the meeting agreed on the need for a platform on which truck drivers and the general public could report police officers who flouted the directive.

He reminded all regional police commanders of their responsibility to ensure that the activities of personnel on the road did not hamper trade between Ghana and other ECOWAS countries.

Source: Graphiconline

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