The Ashanti regional Chairman for Sand and Stone Association, Nana Adoma Baffour, has pleaded to the government to give them offices in the various Metropolis, Municipal and District Assemblies.
In an interview with GhNsem.com, he argued that the government must exclude the Sand and Stone secretariat from the minerals commission and give them local offices.
“Leaving to the Minerals commission for documentation has been our main challenge. It precludes the land owners and drivers from going for the license, at this point, it is affecting us badly,” he noted.
Nana Adom Baffour reiterated that several attempts to meet the majority leader and other stakeholders to deliberate on their demands have proven futile.
“I had the opportunity to meet the majority leader, Hon. Kyei Mensa Bonsu on the issue, he told me they cannot help us. We are calling on the Npp government to bring the office to the district level. I believe this will help the tipper car drivers and landowners to go in for the license than doing it illegally,” he expressed.
He continued, due to the omission of the offices in the district and municipal assemblies, monitoring of land owners and drivers has become a grim task for them.
“I can confidently tell you the majority of the landowners and tipper truck drivers do not pay anything to the government because of unavailability of offices in the local areas, we are appealing to the government to do us honor and decentralize the office to help revenue flow,” he ruled.