- The minister of lands and natural resources, Kwaku Asomah Cheremeh, has been involved in an accident at Sunyani in the Bono region
- A KIA truck carrying lumber rammed into the minister's vehicle, causing damage to it
- The matter has been referred to the Sunyani police and investigations are underway
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The minister of lands and natural resources, Kwaku Asomah Cheremeh, has been involved in an accident, YEN.com.gh has learned.
He subsequently impounded the truck which smashed into his official vehicle as it was loaded with illegal lumber.
The incident occurred at Sunyani in the Bono region and it has since been reported to the police.
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Per a report by Ghana Web, the accident occurred as the minister was returning from a trip in the region.
He chanced upon the truck, which has its registration number as AS4955E, heading from Dormaa to Yeji in the Bono East.
Cheremeh’s car was destroyed by the KIA driver when he attempted to stop him and enquire about the destination of the lumber.
Shedding light on the incident, Cheremeh noted that the documents covering the illegal lumber during the arrest were suspicious because the amount paid in VAT was higher than the actual cost of the lumber and therefore further investigations needed to be conducted.
According to him, the fight against illegal lumbering has compelled dealers to transport them through illegal routes but the authorities are on high alert.
In other news, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) is currently in discussions with the government with regard to a possible waiver of the Vehicle Income Tax (VIT) for commercial drivers.
The decision forms part of efforts being implemented to cushion drivers in the wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus.
As part of measures to stem the spread of the COVID-19, commercial car owners and drivers were compelled to reduce the number of people seated on a row of seats by one.
The cumulative effect of the decision is having a financial toll on them and has led to calls for the waiver.
Per a report by thebftonline.com, the TUC explained that “these drivers and their owners have paid the Vehicle Income Tax (VIT) for years.
It is time for the government to come to their aid during this crisis. Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) of Trades Union Congress can play a key role by helping the government determine the potential losses and how they should be compensated.”
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Source: Yen Ghana