Aggrieved traders operating at the customs designated parking lot 7 at the Aflao boarder are appealing to government to intervene in a decision by the customs division of the Ghana Revenue Authority(GRA) to sack them(traders) from the area due to its plan to hire the Lot 7 to OA travel and tour a private investor  

Spokesperson for the traders Richard Sosu who expressed the concerns of the traders to the transporters TV  Online during a fact finding visit to the area on Monday June 1, said the decision by GRA customs to eject the traders from the lot will be detrimental to the livelihoods of the over five hundred citizens who were engaged in various trades  on that portion of land to cater for their families.

According to the spokesman, the traders received a message(verbal) from the Aflao sector commander of the GRA customs, Assistant Commissioner Majeed Amandi on May 22 to the effect that the parking lot 7 has been allocated to OA Travels, operators of long distance buses for the company"s exclusive use and that all persons operatig any form of business or trade on and around the lot 7 should take steps to quit the area by the 7th of June 2022, to avoid being forcefully ejected. Sosu said the traders have been trading around the lot 7 for several years now and sacking them at this time without making any provision for their relocation would adversely affect " our living conditions and those of our dependants as trading here is our only source of livelihood: we are not against GRA  customs decision to allocate the lot to OA Travels as we are fully aware that GRA customs owns  all the parking lots at the Aflao boarder -all we are asking and appeaIing to the authorities is to consider the welfare of the hundreds of traders  (citizens) hustling around here just to make ends meet". He pleaded.

Scores of traders mostly women took turns to pour out their frustration about the 'sack notice' to transpoterstv Online saying they all owe their livelihoods to trading on and around the lot 7 and any attempt to remove them in times like these would be a show of inhumanity.

A source close to the Transport Unions Council of Aflao(TUCA) observed that OA Travels is a limited liability company which doesn't belong to or operate under any transport union and for that matter had no business taking over parking lots for vehicles operating under transport unions. The source lamented the GRA customs decision to release the lot 7 to OA Travels and said, that move was not in the interest of the general public as it would not only deprive the traders of their livelihoods but will also disrupt the activities of the various transport unions operating at the Aflao boarder. The source wonders why OA Travels wanted a special lot for it's operations when the company was already loading from the lot allocated to all long distance buses and called on the GRA customs to re-consider it's decision. Some GRA customs officials thetransporters tv Online spoke to could neither confirm nor deny the issue as the  sector  commander was not available for comment as at the time of filing this story.