A 22-year-old taxi driver at Prestea Himan in the Western Region who refused to take part in a communal labour to clean the community of filth last Saturday was fined ten shovels by the chief of the area, Nana Nteboah Prah III.
The taxi driver, Kofi Arko, was asked to provide the shovels when he was hauled before the chief and elders of the area.
Last Saturday, the people of Prestea Himan embarked on a communal labour to clean the community.
During the clean up exercise, no commercial vehicle was allowed to operate.
The close to four hours exercise, which was an initiative of the chief and elders of the mining community, saw the people clearing heaps of refuse and desilting chocked gutters.
Prior to the exercise, the chief of Prestea Himan, Nana Nteboah Prah III, decreed that no vehicle in the area should move until the exercise was over.
However, while the people were taking part in the exercise, the taxi driver allegedly defied the orders of the chief and decided to move his vehicle.
When the driver got to a point where majority of the residents were working, the people asked him to stop and participate in the exercise.
He initially refused to stop but was forced to do so by the people.
The driver, who hails from the Central Region but plies his trade in Prestea Himan, reportedly locked the doors of the vehicle and blatantly told the people that he would not take part in the exercise.
Described as very pompous by the people, he was reported to have bragged that there was no elder in the community who could punish him for not taking part in the communal labour.
Later, a report was made to the chief and the elders of the town and they subsequently summoned him to the chief’s palace for questioning.
At the palace, the chief and the elders rebuked Kofi Arko for his alleged rude behaviour.
After a protracted closed door meeting, the chief and his elders asked the driver to provide ten shovels after the District Chief Executive (DCE) and the MP for the area, Wisdom Cudjoe and Kwasi Blay respectively, intervened.
The chief warned that the punishment would be harsher if the driver failed to comply.
The DCE cautioned the youth in the area, who are fond of insulting elders on radio stations, to learn a lesson from the driver’s case and desist from that behaviour.
From Emmanuel Opoku, Prestea
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