…Abossey Okai dealers
The Spare Parts Dealers Association of Abossey Okai, Ghana’s most popular automobile spare parts dealers hub has announced that its members will resist any attempt by the government to relocate them to Afienya near Tema.
In a press statement, the Association responded to the plan which has been communicated by Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, saying it is a convoluted trick by the government to implement the Customs Amendment Act.
“We consider the intention or plan by Government through the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council to relocate us ( Abossey Okai Spare Parts Dealers ) to Afienya as a well-calculated attempt by Government with the connivance of a few leaders of the Abossey Okai Spare Parts Dealers Association to divide and weaken the rank of the association to be able to implement the Customs Amendment Act which among other things, bans the importation of accident vehicles into the country,” the complained.
“We wish to state that the National Concerned Spare Parts Dealers Association will resist every attempt by government to relocate us ( Abossey Okai Spare Parts Dealers ) to Afienya.”
The press statement is signed by the Chairman of the Association, Mr. Kwabena Agyei.
Greater Accra Regional Minister Hon Henry Quartey, on 26th May, told Accra based Adom FM that his office, the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council was firming plans to relocate the popular Abossey Okai spare parts dealers hub from Accra to Afienya.
According to him, the intended relocation is aimed at decongesting the Abossey Okai Area in Accra which has become difficult to navigate with a vehicle because of the trading activities on the streets.
The Minister is also reported to have stated in the interview on Adom FM that the proximity of Afienya to Tema Port is another consideration for the planned relocation.
“We would like to state that the National Concerned Spare Parts Dealers Association is totally against the intended or planned relocation of the Abossey Okai Spare Parts Dealers to Afienya. We consider the decision as very bad and unnecessary because it will not help we the spare parts dealers at Abossey Okai as relocation to a different place is not what we need to make our business thrive,” the dealers stated.
They added, “We are therefore urging the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council or government to reverse the decision within two weeks else we the National Concerned Spare Parts Dealers will embark on a serious demonstration to register our protest against the planned or intended relocation.