Nana Bosoma Asor Nkrawiri, Omanhene of Sunyani Traditional Area, has debunked rumors circulating that he has banned the operations of pragyia in Sunyani Municipality.
Speaking on behalf of the traditional council at a press conference organized by the Sunyani Pragyia Drivers Association, Nana Fosu Gyeabour, Sunyani Kurontihene Benkum Hene, called on the general public to treat the rumour with contempt and to regard is as malicious as the Omanhene had not issued any directive of the sort.
“It’s never true. The Omanhene loves his subjects so I don’t see why someone will orchestrate such issues. You know that the operation of ‘pragyia’ has created a lot of businesses especially for unemployed youth in the country, so they should be allowed to work in the municipality without any restrictions”, he added.
The chief noted that “the operations of the pragyia drivers have helped us a lot because it saves money but when they commit traffic offences deal with them per the law and not to extort monies from them”.
Nana Fosu Gyeabour wondered why the Sunyani Municipal Assembly (SMA), Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) and the Motor Traffic and Transport Directorate (MTTD) of the Police Service had disallowed the pragyia from operating in the municipality.
Eric Atanga, Chairman of the Pragyia Association noted that the incessant interference of personnel of SMA was collapsing their business as they collect a daily levy of GH¢1from them but do not want them to operate.
“Personnel from the SMA collect GH¢1 everyday from us but when we operate the same SMA city guards and others arrest us and make us pay a fine of GH¢500, which we cannot understand”, he added.
Mr. Atanga queried why pragyia drivers are not hindered in their operations in towns including Berekum, Duayaw Nkwanta, Techiman and Chiraa.