Nzema East Municipality to get ultra-modern DVLA office

By Lorlornyofm October 19, 2017 09:14

Nzema East Municipality to get ultra-modern DVLA office

A colourful sod cutting ceremony for the construction of a state-of-the-art ultra-modern office complex for the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and a private vehicle testing center at Axim in the Nzema East Municipality of the Western Region took place on Monday 16th October, 2017.

The project which is the brain-child of the Member of Parliament for Evalue Ajomoro Gwira Constituency who is also a Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Hon Catherine Ablema Afeku, will be executed by Fridoug Ltd.

Mr. George Kofi Anderson, the project manager of Fridoug Ltd, disclosed to the media that all construction works would be given to local artisans.

He said about 80% temporal workers in the Municipality will be engaged during the construction as local content.

“All aspects of the project will be done by local artisans, in line with Hon Catherine Afeku’s vision of creating jobs for the people in the area”, he assured.

Madam Catherine Afeku, Evalue Ajomoro Gwira Constituency MP, who cut the sod on Monday October 16, 2017, said the project, among others, was to create jobs for the local people. She therefore called on the youth to take advantage of the opportunity given.

She expressed her profound appreciation to the Chief Executive Officer of DVLA for hailing to her call for the establishment of DVLA branch in the Nzema enclave.

She said the new branch if completed will reduce the burden on drivers who always travel from the Nzema to Takoradi and Tarkwa for license.

“The era of frustration, suffering of drivers and cost of transportation to Takoradi and Tarkwa to acquire driving license is going to be over very soon”, she excited.

The MP called on the youth of the area to rally behind His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and pray hard for him as he has started implementing his flagship programs.

“President Nana Addo has the youth of this country at heart and he needs your total support to execute his flagship programs”, she added.

On the part of the Municipal Chief Executive for Nzema East Municipality, Mr. Frank Okpeyen, he thanked the Member of Parliament for the area for her lobbying skills that has brought some development in the Municipality within these few months.

He also thanked the Chief Executive Officer of DVLA for responding to their calls and eventually bringing the DVLA office into reality.

The MCE also expressed his profound gratitude to the leadership of GPRTU and PROTOA for supporting the agenda for the establishment of a DVLA branch in the area.

He promised to collaborate with the contractor to ensure speedy pace of the project. He however said that five offices have been earmarked at the GPRTU center for the start of the program while they wait for the completion of the project.

Speaking at the official sod cutting ceremony, the Chief Executive Officer of DVLA, Kwesi Agyemang Busia, commended the Chiefs and people of Axim for releasing land for the construction of the office.

He said when completed, the office would help speed up the realization of the objectives of the Authority and position it to continue the drive in reducing road fatalities and optimising revenue generation towards the achievement of President Nana Addo’s vision of helping Ghana.

He told the gathering that Hon Catherine Afeku is a very hardworking Minister who championed the upsetting of the DVLA branch in the Nzema East Municipality.

“Honourable Catherine Afeku has been always visiting my office advocating for the establishment of the DVLA office in her constituency. I’m appealing to you to support her endeavours because Hon Catherine Afeku really has her constituents at heart,” he said.

He added, “Nzema East Municipality met all the necessary preconditions for the construction of DVLA branch and the Municipality deserves it.”

He commended Axim residents for the good hospitality accorded him and his entourage.

Mr. Busia revealed that so far the Authority has 28 DVLA branches across the country.

He said that the project, which is located at Axim, off Axim-Takoradi road is expected to be completed within six (8) months.

He also said the Authority has automated its operations to drastically reduce the work of midlle-men popularly known as ‘Goro boys’ and maximize revenue for the state.

The DVLA CEO said his vision is to help the service, raise public confidence and improve upon the image of the Authority.

He revealed that apart from the establishment of office for drivers to get license, a Testing Service Center is expected to be constructed of the area.

Mr. Busia noted that the DVLA would not compromise when it comes to the delivery of quality services.

He took the gathering through all the services the DVLA would be providing to the good people living in the catchment area- thus, Vehicle Registration, Roadworthy, License Upgrade, Proficiency Test, Trade Plates and Physical Conversion.

The Paramount Chief of Lower Axim Traditional Council, Awulea Attribrukusu III, thanked the Member of Parliament for the area for lobbying for the DVLA branch to be brought into the Municipality.

He also thanked the DVLA CEO for listening to Hon Catherine Afeku’s call for the establishment of the branch of the area.

Awulea appealed to the DVLA to employ indigenous people to work at the office when completed.

He also charged the youth of the Municipality to acquire skills and education to meet the opportunities available.

“Good times are here and I, therefore, urged the youth to take advantage of the job opportunities to enhance their lots,” he stressed.

By Lorlornyofm October 19, 2017 09:14
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