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The management of Yilo Krobo Municipal Assembly led by the Municipal NADMO Director, Mr. Michael Jackson Bruku today, Monday the 13th of June 2022 met with some scrap dealers in the Municipal capital, Somanya to streamline their activities.
For sometimes now, it had been alleged that some miscreants used to hide behind the operation of collecting scraps to steal people’s items from their homes where these miscreants met the absence of households.
Consequently, given the recent threat of terrorism and government’s decision that the citizenry should report any strange movement to the appropriate authorities, the Yilo Krobo Municipal Assembly knowing the nature of the scrap dealing activities which can be used as a vehicle by some for terrorist activities decided to bring together scrap dealers and educate them on the potential threat of terrorism and how they can guard against the said threat and not allowed anybody to infiltrate their ranks and tarnish their image as well as to guard against criminal activities by people who disguised themselves as scrap dealers when they are not.
The meeting was one of the series outlined to be held across the Municipality in the communities where scrap activities take place. It was however instructive to learn from the dealers that it had come to their attention how some miscreants involved in criminal activities that tarnish their image and their leadership took steps two weeks ago and called for meeting among them to find ways out to address the issue and were commended for the initiative. They were however told and put on notice, that as part of efforts to check terrorist activities, transportation of their scrap materials out of the municipality for sale in the Tema enclave inter alia would be under the supervision of the police in due course.
It was also identified that some of the scrap dealers are not Ghanaians (nine of them present at the meeting) and were encouraged to take the necessary steps to get registered as required by the Ghanaian laws.
They were also advised to get in touch with the Assembly to get their businesses registered which would be followed by inspection of the Environmental Department to ensure the safety of their business operations and the appropriate certificates issued to them.
Present at the meeting were the Municipal Crime officer of the Ghana Police, ASP Sylvia E. Aforkpa, Municipal Fire officer of the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Geyevu John, the Municipal Immigration Officer, Supt. Gifty Agorkle, Municipal Finance officer, Mr. Issahaku Aminu Alhassan and the Municipal Coordinating Director, Mr. Eric Hini.