The National Chairman of the Mobile Money Agents Association of Ghana (MMAAG) is calling on all agents across the country to close by 6:00 pm, as a measure to reduce their risk of robbery attacks.
The call follows the latest killing of another mobile money agent at Okorase, near Koforidua, in the Eastern Region.
36-year-old Solomon Arhin was shot dead by armed robber(s) while returning home after closing from the mobile money business on Saturday, June 19, 2021, at about 11:14 pm.
The National Chairman, Delali Abotsie, has observed that robbery attacks on their members are worrying, making the business dangerous.
The Chronicle believes that the recent attacks on MoMo agents was one too many and we share in their worry.
We equally support the call on members of the association to consider closing by 6pm, as a way of ensuring personal security.
In our opinion, the call on MoMo agents to close by 6pm and do reconciliation early is in the right direction, judging from the fact that even banks that have police protection are being robbed.
The Chronicle also calls on government to suspend plans by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to tax commissions made by agents on mobile money transactions, since it will force their members to stay in town for long periods and increase their risk levels.
If the proposed tax on commissions made by agents would force them to stay long hours in town and increase their risks, then the appeal to the government to intervene to protect its citizens being killed by armed robbers for doing business to fend for their families is not far from right.
To us, at The Chronicle, it is time for the government to interfere, since whatever the MoMo agents are doing, the government is in some way gaining revenue from them, and they cannot face this battle all alone.
We are of the opinion that it is time for the government to take stringent measures to curtail this mobile money agent menace in the country, and also enhance the overall security of the citizens.
The Chronicle is not enthused about the recent attacks and killings of Ghanaians who were either going about their normal daily activities or executing their duties given to them by the state.
If Ghana is to maintain its status as one of the most peaceful countries on the African Continent, it should not be seen only in the eye of diplomat, but the ordinary citizens as well, whose sweat keeps state security running.
Let us remind the general public once again that the most effective form of security is personal security, and, therefore, the citizens must always ensure they are also taking steps to ensure their safety before expecting the security officers to keep them safe.
Ghana needs quality human resources to develop, and we cannot meet that goal if the people lose their lives so easily.Read Full Story