Traders and transport operators have, for years, been operating their businesses on the parcel of land at the Aflao Border designated as a parking Lot 7, a property of the Government of Ghana with the Customs Division of the GRA as beneficiary and caretaker.
Assistant Commissioner Majeed Amandi, Sector Commander, Aflao Customs in a demand notice dated June 16, 2022, and available to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), noted that those operating businesses on the property had “encroached upon, built a permanent structure on the portion of land known as Lot 7” without their (Collection’s) consent.
“You have encroached on the said land and have put up permanent structure in the nature of a washing bay, kiosks, chop bar, stores and/or offices and this attitude of yours is likely to change the character of the land.”
“In view of this, you are hereby informed by this notice to quit the land by the 1st of July, 2022, failure which the GRA – Customs Division Aflao will proceed to initiate legal action against you without further notice to you,” the notice advised.
The information available to the GNA suggested that the Collection prior to Thursday’s notice had in May, verbally communicated to those operating on the land to vacate this month.
Some traders and transport operators, in an interview with the GNA, said they suspected that the Collection wanted to eject them from the property for a private transport company, OA Travel and Tours.
They said the decision to eject them would negatively impact their businesses and livelihoods and that of their dependants and appealed for government intervention.