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Scrap dealers in Upper East Region stealing aluminium engines, wires from ‘mechanic shops’

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The Upper East Regional branch of the Ghana National Association of Garages (GNAG) has expressed concern over the frequent theft of aluminium engines and wires from cars left at mechanical shops for repairs. 

According to the Assistant Secretary of the Association, Edmund Kolbil, the theft of aluminium engines, wires, and other vital parts of vehicles brought in for repairs is worsening the plight of mechanics in the municipality.

He noted that thieves in the Bolgatanga municipality have taken advantage of cars’ left overnight in mechanical shops to steal vital parts, particularly aluminium engines and wires. These thieves now go ahead and melt these wires for copper.

This, the Assistant Secretary lamented, brings cost to mechanics and creates room for misunderstanding between them and their customers.

To address this, Mr. Kolbil said there is a need for the Ghana Police Service in the Municipality to beef up security by extending its night patrol to mechanical shops.

He also called on residents within mechanic shops to raise an alarm whenever they see individuals parading around mechanic shops at odd hours when their services have closed.

The Assistant Secretary revealed this when he spoke to Mark Smith on A1 Radio’s Daybreak Upper East show in line with the business aspect of the Garages Association in the Upper East Region.

The secretary of the association, Albert Nabil, who was on the show with him, called for financial support from the government in the form of soft loans to enable them to expand their businesses.

He said with financial assistance, mechanics would be able to purchase cutting-edge equipment to enhance their work and also provide spare parts for the comfort of their clients.

Mr. Nabil advised car owners to ensure that the best materials are used for their cars in repairs, adding that the quality of materials used to some extent reduces accidents that otherwise would be caused by inferior materials and also extends the lifespan of their vehicle.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Gilbert Azeem Tiroog|Ghana

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