Nzema East Gets DVLA Office

The Transport Minister (2nd right) cutting the tape to commission the new office

The Transport Minister, Kwaku Ofori
Asiamah has officially commissioned a multipurpose office complex for the
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) at Axim-Ayisakro in the Nzema
East Municipality of the Western Region as part of a move to bring DVLA
services closer to clients. 

The new office would carry out
vehicle inspection, issue road worthy certificates and driver licenses to
applicants in the Municipality and other adjoining districts. 

These include Ellembelle, Joomoro and
parts of Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality. 

The Transport Minister pointed out
that the government was committed to extend the services of the DVLA to the
door steps of Ghanaians. 

He bemoaned the fact that whilst in
advance countries, growing vehicles on the road was leading to reductions of
road crushes; the reverse was the situation in the developing world. 

He regretted that in spite of
concrete and the tangible efforts by government to help curb road accidents,
the country was still recording loss of lives, due to the indiscipline on the
roads. 

He reiterated the readiness of his
Ministry to work closely with all major players in the road transport sector
and the subsectors to bring down the rate of accidents in the country. 

According to him, the transformation
of the country’s economy and the improvement in the living conditions of the
people could only be achieved if the country’s transport infrastructure was put
in shape. 

He pointed out that the new road
traffic regulations made it mandatory for all drivers to go through thorough
re-examination before renewing their licenses. 

He, therefore, tasked the workers of
the Authority to treat those who would visit the facility with respect and
dignity, adding that “it is the surest way of enjoying support from the
beneficiary communities.”

Mr Emmanuel Narh, Western Regional
Director of DVLA noted that the Authority would not compromise when it comes to
the delivery of quality services. 

He mentioned that the commissioning
of the new office formed part of steps taken to decentralize their operation to
promote quality customer service.

He pointed out that the new office
would help to significantly reduce the pressure on their facilities in Tarkwa
and Takoradi.

The DVLA, he noted, was determined to
uphold best practices to ensure road safety and reminded drivers to observe
traffic regulations. 

“Drivers must comply with speed
limits, avoid driving when tired, check the tyre pressure and should regularly
maintain their vehicles”, he stressed. 

The Member of Parliament (MP) for the
area, Catherine Abelema Afeku was grateful to the Ministry of Transport and the
Board members of the DVLA for the establishment of the new office in her
constituency and said it was a huge relief to the people, particularly
drivers. 

The Nzema East Municipal Chief
Executive, Frank Okpeyen was hopeful that the Authority would act boldly to
prevent the activities of middlemen, popularly referred to as “Goro Boys” at
the new office.

From Emmanuel Opoku, Ayisakro



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