Zuarungu (U/E), Aug 1, GNA – The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority at Zuarungu in the Bolgatanga Municipality has destroyed assorted contraband goods seized from traders.
The goods include fake and expired drugs, aphrodisiacs, cigarettes, and Indian hemp (wee).
Addressing the media after burning the items at the disposal site in Bolga-Sirigu on Friday, Mr Henry Atampugbire, the Chief Revenue Officer in charge of Preventives, said most of the seized goods were being imported from Togo, Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast.
In the case of the Indian hemp, he said they were being smuggled from some parts of the region to neighbouring countries where it was more profitable.
“Whilst some of the seized goods were faked and expired, other dealers also invaded tax hence their seizure,” he said.
The Chief Revenue Officer who warned that his outfit would not relent in its efforts clamping such offenders, entreated businessmen to ensure that they honoured their tax obligations whenever they were importing goods from neighbouring countries to avoid embarrassment.
He said with the introduction of the Common ECOWAS tariffs, tax on imported and exported goods had been reviewed to be the same with sister countries.
Mr Zakariah Braimah, the Regional Director of the Food and Drugs Authority, warned the general public to be mindful of faked and expired goods because they affected the health of consumers.
He warned traders to shun buying and selling such goods because it was an offence punishable by law.
Stakeholders who witnessed the burning of the goods included officials from the Food and Drugs Authority, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Bureau of National Investigations, the Environmental Unit of the Bolgatanga Municipal Assembly and the Media.