The Overlord of Dagbon, Ya Naa Abukari II has appealed to government to establish an office for the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Authority (DVLA) in the Yendi municipality to serve people within the eastern corridor enclave of the northern region.
He said the people are reluctant to register their motorcycles and vehicles because of the stress involved in traveling several kilometres to Tamale to access services of the DVLA.
Ya Naa noted that road safety is limited by the unlicensed drivers and riders.
“I am personally worried about the increasing indiscipline on our roads by drivers and motorists, leading to hikes in the spate of motor accidents” he added.
Naa Abukari II made the remarks when the Minister for Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah paid a working visit to the Gbewa palace last Friday.
Motorcycle is the most common means of transportation in the Yendi municipality and many other parts of northern Ghana and mostly used by the youth.
However, majority of these machines are unregistered and unlicensed.
“It is in this light that I appeal to you to facilitate easy access to the services of the DVLA by opening a branch in Yendi to serve the eastern corridor” he appealed.
The Overlord lamented the loss of precious lives daily due to motor accidents among the youth and out-patient attendance as admissions keeps increasing in the Yendi municipality due to the phenomenon.
The Minister for Transport in a response told the Ya Naa plans are underway to construct an ultramodern DVLA office at Yendi.
He assured this would be done soon as he used the opportunity to visit the site for the Yendi Airstrip.
Mr Ofori Asiamah reiterated the commitment of President Nana Akufo-Addo to fulfil his promise of constructing the airstrip within his second term in office.