In response to the proposed increment in transport charges, the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) of TUC has called for a stop in accordance with the expected rise in transport fares.
The National Chairman, Nana Nimako Bresiama has advised the various driving organisations, at least before the government formed its ministers, to refrain from increasing transportation costs.
Some drivers’ organizations, however, threatened to increase transport.
For example, the National Concerned Drivers Association with more than 150,000 members have scheduled for a 10 percent increment in fares by next week as members are complaining about high fuel prices and spare parts.
Speaking on GhanAkoma morning show on Akoma FM, Nana Nimako Bresiama, National GPRTU Chairman of
the GPRTU, called for a ceasefire until the appointed minister of transport is confirmed.
He told host, Aduanaba Kofi Asante Ennin that “the government has not even finished forming his cabinet and other ministers, so why the rush?”
“I think the various driver associations must exercise restraint until the Road Minister-designate is confirmed then we can have a roundtable discussion on the situation. As it stands I believe the proposal is premature.”
Meanwhile, Public Relations Officer for True Drivers Union, Yaw Barima claims that fuel prices have been raised by certain means but the government has always been unwilling to raise transport fares.
David Agboado, spokesperson for the National Concerned Drivers Association, said that his group is not reluctant to decide to boost prices.
“I wish to announce to cherished clients that there will be 10% increment of passenger fare coming Monday,” he said, adding that “this decision was informed by the increment of some taxes at the DVLA and the ports.”
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