Ghana: Commuters face fare hikes as drivers fight gov’t over high fuel price


Most public transport operators in parts of Ghana have welcomed the directive to carry fewer passengers in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19, but want government to reduce fuel prices.

They have indicated that they will increase fares effective Monday, April 27, lest they will incur losses.

Members who have formed the National Concern Drivers Association of Ghana said the observation of the social distancing protocol in their vehicles is having a huge toll on their earnings.

The Association further accused the government of failing to heed to their calls, especially when there is a sharp decline of petroleum products on the international market due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We are giving government up the end of this week, that is from now to 27th of April to reduce fuel prices or we will increase our fares,” the Association said in a statement on Wednesday.

“We calling on the mute leadership of our mother association, the GPRTU to also discuss with our car owners to reduce the sales for us so we can maintain the reduced number of passengers as the President directives states,” they further noted.

The Association also cautioned their colleagues to ensure strict adherence to  social distancing protocols while at work.

Ghana recorded its first Coronavirus in March with two cases. Many individuals have been greatly affected as companies contemplates downsizing workers. 

The country’s case count as at April 24, stands at 1,279 with 10 deaths and 134 recoveries.

By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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