Ghanaian tomato transporters threaten strike over persistent robberies

Members of the Ghana National Tomatoes Traders and Transporters Association (GNTTTA) are protesting against the persistent robberies the endure on the Kumasi-Bolgatanga-Burkina Faso route.

Chairperson of the association, Eric Osei Tuffour, said some tomatoes traders are in critical condition at the hospital following a similar attack. He is calling on the authorities to help intensify the security patrols on the routes.

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“We are appealing to the ministry of interior, and to the inspector general of police to take an immediate action because we cannot sit still for this to happen while supplying our nation with tomatoes.”

He says the Association will have to suspend business if nothing is done to protect them: “If we don’t hear anything from the appropriate leaders, we will go on demonstrating, park our vehicles and tomatoes will never come to Ghana for one week.”

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Only last Tuesday, 22-year-old truck driver Urmar Salifu was attacked and killed by robbers in the North East Region.

Joy News’ Prince Appiah reported six tomatoes trucks had been attacked since the beginning of the year.

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