According to him, revenue at the ports rightly increased in the first week of September 2016 from GH₵130 million, to GH₵213 million in the same period for 2017.
Stating his dissatisfaction, he lamented, “On September 1, we launched the paperless system, but of course not without attempts to actually derail the process, because it’s hurting a lot of people who were making free money and people who used to take two weeks to clear a container after one day of delay were protesting. Are you protesting the system or something else?”.
“The results are amazing. We just looked at data this morning, first week of collections under the paperless system in September this year compared to last year first week of collections in September 2016, and collections have gone up by 56 percent; 56 percent from around GH₵130 million to GH₵213 million in one week,” he added.
However, at the start of the programme, some clearing agents at the Tema Port thronged the Long room of the port over what they described as delays in the clearance of their consignments.
Meanwhile, according to the vice president, this would help prevent the corruption and long hours of clearing goods at the ports.