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GPRTU and taxi drivers hail Bawumia on the introduction of the ‘Tap and Go’ taxi app

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Speaking at the app's launch in Accra on Thursday, December 14, the GPRTU's National Chairman, Nana Nimako Bresiamah, said the app is the result of a collaboration between the GPRTU and the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who he said listened to their concerns about losing business to online foreign taxi services.

The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), in collaboration with the Vice President’s Office, has launched Tap and Go, a digital taxi service for Ghanaian taxi drivers, in Accra.

The Tap and Go software, which functions similarly to existing taxi applications like Uber, Yango, Bolt, and others, is now being tested in Accra (Airport, East Legon, University of Ghana, Circle/Kaneshie region, and Dansoman) before being rolled out statewide next year.

Speaking at the app’s launch in Accra on Thursday, December 14, the GPRTU’s National Chairman, Nana Nimako Bresiamah, said the app is the result of a collaboration between the GPRTU and the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, who he said listened to their concerns about losing business to online foreign taxi services.

“The taxi driving business, as we all know, has been taken online by many foreign companies, and for our members who were still operating the old way, we were gradually getting out of business and the launch of this app, through the support and efforts of Vice President Bawumia, is a timely intervention to save our business,” the national chairman of the GPRTU said.

He added that, in response to the harmful impacts of various foreign taxi applications on the operations of Ghanaian taxi drivers, the GPRTU met with Dr Bawumia to convey their concerns, and the Vice President guaranteed them a remedy, which he said was fulfilled.

On behalf of the GPRTU, the Chairman extended heartfelt thanks to Dr. Bawumia for his concern and involvement.

“We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia for his concern when we met him, as well as for intervening on our behalf through this app to help our business.” This is truly ours. Other applications are controlled by foreign interests, but this one is authentically Ghanaian.

“I strongly advise drivers and GPRTU members not to abuse the app to extort Ghanaians.” We wish to run this app efficiently and professionally to provide excellent service to Ghanaians while maintaining the GPRTU’s integrity,” he intimated.

Many cab drivers who spoke at the event expressed their happiness and thanked Vice President Bawumia for assisting them in saving their crumbling company.

“I want to thank Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia for this great initiative,” said John Kofi Tawiah, a taxi driver in Kaneshie. The fact is that we were losing work as a result of the numerous applications. We now have our own app, which will benefit us because we won’t be driving around wasting gasoline looking for passengers.”

“We want to thank Dr Bawumia for getting our taxi business online,” said George Nii Ayi Tagoe, a taxi driver at the University of Ghana’s Legon Campus. This would be extremely beneficial to us on the Legon campus since we were losing business to online taxi applications. The competition will be more beneficial now.”

Samuel Amoah, the GPRTU’s Deputy PRO, expressed gratitude to both the GPRTU’s leadership and the Vice President for listening to their issues and assisting them.

“This is a very good app, and we want to thank the GPRTU leadership for taking the initiative to discuss our plight with Vice President Bawumia.” “We also thank Dr Bawumia for his assistance with the Tap and Go app,” stated the Deputy PRO.

“We park at the stations for hours without patronage, and when they roam around in town, they waste fuel,” he continued, citing international taxi businesses on the internet. This would be extremely beneficial to us, and we thank Vice President Bawumia for his assistance.”

In addition to the usual online service app, the Tap and Go taxi app is uniquely designed with added features to meet various aspects of Ghanaian taxi service, such as ‘private dropping’ (private cars operating as taxis) and metered service’ (where a passenger instantly stops a taxi in the middle of the road and a metre is turned on to determine the charge).

Tap and Go has two apps: Tap and Go for passengers and Tap n Go Driver for prospective taxi drivers.

Both applications are available for download from the Google Play Store for Android phones and the Apple Store for iPhone users.

The Ghana Card, which ensures that all drivers in the database can be traced, is one of the conditions for registration for interested taxi drivers.

Other GPRTU officers present at the event were General Secretary Godfred Abulbire, National Vice Chairman Emmanuel Nii Ankrah, National First Trustee Jacob Odae, and Greater Accra Regional Vice Chairman Seth Tetteh.

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We’ve not been paid GH¢1 billion; KPMG’s assertion is false – SML

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SML further stated that KPMG's inability to mention that 31.5 percent of the total GH¢1,061,054,778.00 taken as taxes provides a very uneven "impression of the relationship between the compensation, investment, and other related costs." "SML believes that KPMG's failure to include GRA taxes of 31.5% taken before payment, interest payments of 32% plus SML's investment repayment, and other taxes/duties over the period creates an unbalanced impression of the relationship between compensation and investment and other related costs. This omission is really deceptive.

Strategic Mobilisation Ghana Ltd (SML) denied receiving GH¢1,061,054,778.00 for a revenue mobilisation contract with the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).

President Akufo-Addo ordered KPMG to audit the contract between the GRA and SML on January 2. KPMG’s findings revealed that SML received a total of GH¢1,061,054,778.00 from 2018 to date.

However, Strategic Mobilisation Ghana Ltd responded by denying the charges, noting that KPMG reported the amount “without reference to the investments made and the taxes paid” during the review period.

“KPMG quotes a figure as compensation to SML. It is interesting to note that this figure is quoted without reference to the investments made and the taxes paid by SML over the period within the consolidated contract

“The compensation of GH¢1,061,054,778.00 stated by KPMG is inaccurate.”

SML further stated that KPMG’s inability to mention that 31.5 per cent of the total GH¢1,061,054,778.00 taken as taxes provides a very uneven “impression of the relationship between the compensation, investment, and other related costs.”

“SML believes that KPMG’s failure to include GRA taxes of 31.5% taken before payment, interest payments of 32% plus SML’s investment repayment, and other taxes/duties over the period creates an unbalanced impression of the relationship between compensation and investment and other related costs. This omission is really deceptive.

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The president needs to show leadership to stop ‘dumsor’ – Agyeman-Duah

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Professor Agyeman-Duah also chastised the administration for the slow speed at which it is addressing electricity concerns. He argues that given the frequency of power outages, the government should have taken a more serious approach to finding long-term solutions, but this has not been the case.

Professor Baffior Agyeman-Duah, a Governance Expert, has urged President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to show leadership by summoning all major players in the power sector, including the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRDCo), the Volta River Authority (VRA), and the Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission (PURC), and giving them marching orders to resolve the power crisis.

He believes he’ll be astonished if the president hasn’t done so already.

Speaking on the Ghana Tonight broadcast on TV3 on Monday, April 22, Prof Ageyman Duah remarked, “I will be surprised that the president has not called the leadership of the VRA, GRIDCo, ECG, and PURC, to sit them down to give them the marching order that he doesn’t like what they are doing.

“That is leadership, we need the president to be giving the marching orders. As I said, if he has done it privately I don’t know but based on the public pronouncements by these state agencies in charge of the energy sector, it seems like he hasn’t done that.”

Professor Agyeman-Duah also chastised the administration for the slow speed at which it is addressing electricity concerns.

He argues that given the frequency of power outages, the government should have taken a more serious approach to finding long-term solutions, but this has not been the case.

He went on to say “The government hasn’t been too active in seeking solutions to problems”

Prof. Baffour Agyeman-Duah also urged the state power distributor, the ECG, to produce a load-shedding schedule.

This, he believes, will help power consumers arrange their lives more effectively.

“The wise thing to do is to issue a timetable,” Professor Baffour Agyeman-Duah said.

Meanwhile, Richard Ahiagbah, Director of Communications for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has stated that power shortages in certain areas of the country are annoying.

However, he stated that there is light at the end of the tunnel for the problem.

Mr Ahiagbah ascribed the problem to the Electricity Company of Ghana’s (ECG) maintenance work.

He told us that the job would be done quickly.

“The recent power outages have been understandably frustrating. However, there is an end in sight. The maintenance works are almost complete, and we can soon expect access to an uninterrupted power supply around the clock, as we have become accustomed to under the Akufo-Addo-Bawumia Administration.”

Regarding the criticism that members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have made against the administration over the outages, he stated, “The NDC is the last political organization to point fingers because Ghana has not forgotten the hurts of the ‘real dumsor,’ suffered under H.E. Mahama.

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Gomoa Akotsi: Truck collides with a police car, killing one and injuring several others

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It struck a Chinese national's car before colliding with a police vehicle stationed on the side of the road near Akotsi Junction. An eyewitness, Nai Appiah Nortey, told Citi News that several cops were in the parked police car and two more were in the trunk. The police were said to be making purchases nearby when the tragedy happened. "The vehicle was descending from Gomoa Akramah hills towards the Akotsi junction. But it suddenly lost control, crossed the main road, and collided with a police vehicle sitting on the shoulder of the road. It pulled the police vehicle and then parked in front of a business.

A collision on the road between Gomoa Akramah and Akoti Junction in the Gomoa East District, Central Region, is said to have killed one police officer and badly wounded many others.

According to sources, a KIA Rhino truck (registration number GX 4135-24) had a braking failure and went off track.

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It struck a Chinese national’s car before colliding with a police vehicle stationed on the side of the road near Akotsi Junction.

An eyewitness, Nai Appiah Nortey, told Citi News that several cops were in the parked police car and two more were in the trunk. The police were said to be making purchases nearby when the tragedy happened.

“The vehicle was descending from Gomoa Akramah hills towards the Akotsi junction. But it suddenly lost control, crossed the main road, and collided with a police vehicle sitting on the shoulder of the road. It pulled the police vehicle and then parked in front of a business.

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“There were some police officers in the trunk of the truck, and some even fell out as soon as the collision occurred. “One person has died, and the rest, including the Chinese national, have been rushed to the Trauma and Specialist Hospital in Winneba,” Nai Appiah Nortey said.

The Central East Regional Operations commander and other senior officials came on the spot to evaluate the magnitude of the damage.

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