Police clash with angry Neoplan station GPRTU leaders; three arrested

Three leaders of the Circle-Neoplan station branch of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) are in police custody after a demonstration to remove the station chairman, turned violent.

The drivers are accusing the chairman, Kwabena Badu of over-staying his tenure in office and allegedly embezzling over Gh¢600,000 meant for a building project.

They also claim the chairman has turned his office into a dynasty by appointing only family members and close associates into executive positions.

Joy News’ Michaela Anderson reports, the drivers claim they have not seen any development in the terminal since Mr. Badu took office some 22 years ago. They also accuse him of failing to account for monies charged as “booking fees” from the drivers.

“We are charged Gh¢150 per bus whenever we load passengers from here to Kumasi…not less than 60 buses load from this station to Kumasi on daily basis [and] yet we don’t see what the monies charged us are used for,” some angry drivers told Michaela.

The demonstrators however, clashed with police personnel detailed there to ensure law and order resulting in the arrest of their leaders.

Meanwhile, some drivers are not in support of the move to oust the chairman from office. They say Mr. Badu should be allowed to serve the four year term he was elected to serve while elections are organised to vote him out after his term expires. 

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