The Inspector General of the Police has assured tomato dealers and vans from police and military escorts that they will be protected from highway robberies.
This is in response to a petition by the group following ongoing attacks on the Kumasi-Bolgatanga-Burkina Faso route, which resulted in the death of some members.
The dealers have yet to call off their strike.
The four-day-old strike has created a shortage of tomatoes in the market, which affects the prices of the few tomatoes available.
The IGP spoke through the Ashanti region’s deputy police commander, David Agyemang Adjem, in front of the striking tomato vans and importers in Kumasi.
He says security patrols on the Kumasi-Bolgatanga-Burkina Faso route are being stepped up to contain the violent highway attacks.
“The IGP would like me to assure you that he has already stationed some armed men on this freeway and that we should also give them escorts when they drive on the freeway.”
DSP Adjem also announced that police are investigating possible military support for the police escorting the tomato trucks to and from Burkina Faso.
The leadership of the Association of Tomato Traders and Transporters welcomed the intervention and said they would meet to decide when to end the strike.
The chairman of the Association of Tomato Traders and Transporters praised the police’s move to protect them.
However, Eric Osei Tuffour says the dealers will abandon industrial action if their request is fully met.
“I’m very happy today because the speed with which they robbed us was unprecedented. We have to plan with the police within two or three days, then the escort will take off and then we will break off the strike. “
Carry cash with you
Basically, the robbers attack the traders because they have physical money with them when they travel.
However, traders have been warned not to have cash on them.
Mr Tuffour said the association is finding ways to help its members not travel with physical money.
“We started hiring a bank in Burkina Faso to address this issue, but there were some challenges associated with it. But now we want the Department of Commerce to help us this time to solve this problem. “