Source: Graphic Online

Patrons of the Tiger Eye’s film,“Soul Takers,” which is based on driver’s licence racketeering within the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), have called for collective efforts of Ghanaians to curb the corruption in the country.

According to them, corruption, which has engulfed the country, is a contributory factor to the loss of lives on the roads.

Background

The latest undercover investigations by Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ Tiger Eye, titled “Soul Takers”, shot with support from the Graphic Communications Group Limited, revealed the rot at the DVLA.

In the film, a network of officials and some deviants pursuing their personal monetary gains, issued licences to unqualified individuals.

The 12-month investigation, which saw the undercover team of Tiger Eye visiting some regional offices of the DVLA, established the breakdown of the system at the DVLA, making it easy for the team to procure licences for mentally and physically challenged persons, market women, expatriates, and other individuals, without going through the usual rigorous process of acquiring a licence.

Ministers

The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Nii Lante Vanderpuje, after watching the clip, described the video as a good work that should prompt Ghanaians to do the right thing.

“This indicates that a lot of things are taken for granted in most institutions and it calls for effective measures and monitoring to ensure that the right thing is done,” he said.

The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, said the film was a lesson for government officials and all Ghanaians.

She also said the movie was a warning to all institutions “because you may not know who is watching you. Corruption is not just taking money from somebody through the back door; corruption can lead to the loss of innocent lives,” she said.

Corruption

Some other patrons said it was “sad and pathetic” to watch people die as a result of corrupt practices of some self-seekers.

“The film is revealing and scary, and since we have noticed that fake licensing is actually going on, we should be involved in the fight against it to stop this menace,” Mr Samuel Agbenorto, a teacher said.

“If we have such unscrupulous people running the affairs of the country, then we are not safe. Our lives are in danger and it all boils down to the corruption menace which has swallowed us up,” Ms Angela Anim, a businesswoman said.

She added, “We all need to involve ourselves in fighting against the common enemy, which is causing our retrogression and leading to the deaths of people.”

Mr Christian Donkoh, who lost his son when a driver knocked him down in Takoradi, could not hold back his tears as he urged everybody to get on board to help stop indiscipline and corruption in public institutions.

Indiscipline

Other viewers said the danger on the road was due to indisciplined acts, especially by drivers.

Describing his observation after watching the film, Mr Chris Darkwah, an estate officer, said indiscipline on the part of drivers, especially commercial drivers, contributed so much to the dangers on the road.

Another viewer, Reverend Dr Nana Yaa Owusu Prempeh, said, “I think the police should teach citizens how to police themselves instead of them relying so much on the police.

Published On: April 11th, 2014 / Categories: News /

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Anas Aremeyaw Anas is a Ghanaian investigative journalist born in the late 1970s. He specializes in print media and documentary and is politically non-aligned focusing on issues of human rights and anti-corruption in sub-Saharan Africa. Anas' motto is "name, shame and jail", and he is famous for utilizing his anonymity as a tool in his investigative arsenal. Very few people had seen his face (until an "unmasking" during a BBC interview in November 2015 —which revealed yet another prosthetic).

Anas has won more than 50 international and local awards for his work advocating basic human rights, such as the right to not be held in human slavery and for his work exposing corruption. His investigative works have won him worldwide acclaim, including President Barack Obama highlighting him in a speech during a 2009 visit to Ghana: "An independent press”, a vibrant private sector, a civil society….those are the things that give life to democracy. We see that spirit in courageous journalists like Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who risked his life to report the truth.”

Anas hail from Bimbilla in Northern Ghana and grew up in Burma Camp, a military barracks in Accra. He attended the Christian Methodist Secondary School and Ghana Institute of Journalism where he got his first diploma before studying his first degree at the University of Ghana. He later attended the Faculty of Law and the Ghana Law School.

After university he turned down an opportunity to work as a reporter for the Ghanaian Times newspaper, instead choosing to join The Crusading Guide newspaper in 1998. The editor of the newspaper, Kweku Baako Jnr, had just been released from jail in the same year. Anas later became co-publisher of The New Crusading Guide, and subsequently opened his own production and investigation company, Tiger Eye PI Media, in 2008.

Anas has collaborated widely with Al-Jazeera and the BBC, among other international clients. In 2017 he started The Tiger Eye Foundation as a media non- profit and 501c3, in the USA and Ghana, that uses a dynamic set of initiatives to promote and elevate the standards in journalism. The foundation educates and supports journalists through hands-on investigative journalism workshops, multimedia boot camps, investigative productions, broadcasts and community outreach programs. Anas was called to the Bar in 2013, and since then has mostly defended himself in court.

In December 2015 Foreign Policy magazine named Anas one of 2015's leading global thinkers, an honour previously granted to the likes of Barack Obama, Pope Benedict XVI, and Malala Yousafzai. He is consistently invited to talk on his work at gatherings all around the world and in March 2016, Anas was invited by Harvard Law School as a keynote speaker to share his experiences creating change on the continent of Africa. In 2016 Anas had an award named after him by the Press Foundation in Ghana. The founder of the press foundation Mr Listowel Yesu Bukarson said: "This award was named after the world-renowned investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas to aid journalists to climb to the highest apogee in their chosen profession". 'Chameleon’ by Ryan Mullins, a documentary about Anas's life and work, was premiered at the 2014 IDFA festival in Amsterdam.

In the period from October to December 2016, Anas made his first foray into public life, outside of the world of investigative journalism, as a powerful advocate for peace in his "Anas4Peace" multimedia campaign, using Ghanaian celebrities to advocate for peace during the Ghana election period.

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