Criminals take over Madina lorry station

BY: Yakubu Abdul-Jalil
• Some vehicles parked at the Madina lorry station. INSET: Mr Ernest Pham, the Chairman of the Madina-Adentan Drivers Union

Suspected criminal elements have taken over the lorry station at Madina near Accra, making it difficult for operations at night, the Chairman of the Madina-Adentan Drivers Union, Mr Ernest Pham, has said.

Mr Pham said his office had received many complaints from passengers who claimed they were attacked by unknown persons, who hand robbed them of their belongings.

In an interview with the  Daily Graphic last Monday, Mr Pham said the situation had prevented many passengers from accessing the facility at night, adding that “most  passengers at night prefer to join vehicles at the roadside because of these miscreants.”

He added that the development made it difficult for the union to trace and locate passengers’ missing items, since those vehicles they boarded were “not registered members of the union.”

Mr Pham said the Madina Police was doing its best to stop the criminals.

“The municipal assembly needs to ensure that the slum around the station, where most of the criminals are staying, is put under strict surveillance for the smooth running of the station, especially at night, “he appealed.

Measures

The Divisional Commander of Police for the Madina Municipality, Mr Yakubu Nahtoma, in an interview, confirmed the claims of the union chairman on the alleged assailants, adding that some people had been arrested and would be put before court soon.

The Madina Police, he said, was putting up measures to ensure that the security challenges at the lorry station would be addressed.

The Chief Executive Officer of the  La-Nkwantanang Madina Municipal Assembly, Mr Franklin P Anku, said his office would arrange a meeting with the police and the transport union executive members to ensure that the security of passengers and everyone in the municipality was assured.

Meanwhile, some residents around the station have  expressed displeasure about the attitude of some trotro drivers who have moved from the main lorry park to the roadside, complaining that they made too much noise.