Ghana – Introduction of new driving license, discovery of massive fraud grab headlines

By | June 8, 2017

The introduction of new license for drivers and discovery of fraud at Ghana’s Youth Employment Agency (YEA) dominate the headlines of Ghanaian newspapers on Thursday.The Daily Graphic reports that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) will from July 18 this year introduce a new biometric driving license as a measure to improve on the services rendered to prospective drivers.

It is to help eliminate the issuance of fake licenses in some instances through the services of middlemen known in Ghanaian parlance as ‘goro boys’.

The Chief Executive of the DVLA, Kwasi Agyeman Busia, told the newspaper that the new license would be difficult to clone and be made of a smart card with a chip to store holders’ details as well as that of their vehicles.

The Ghanaian Times said that the YEA has uncovered widespread fraud in the appointment and payments running into millions of Ghanaian Cedis.

It adds that a draft audit report uncovered payment of unearned allowances to some beneficiaries not at post, thereby resulting in payment of some funds meant for administrative use to such ‘ghosts’.

Source: Journal du Cameroun