Transport operators in Ghana say they will not back down on their decision to implement a 20% increase in transport fares, defying efforts by the Ministry of Transport to minimize the impact of the announcement.
Expressing scepticism about the authenticity of the Ministry’s statement, the unions challenged the government’s authority to dictate fare prices, citing its failure to address tax-related concerns affecting the transport business.
The operators have pledged to resist any attempts to pressure their leadership into submission, emphasizing their commitment to enforcing the new fares starting next week.
Read the Union’s full response below:
TRANSPORT OPERATORS OF GHANA.
RESPONSE TO A PURPORTED STATEMENT FROM TRANSPORT MINISTRY
We have cited a statement purported to have been issued by the Ministry of Transport.
The statement is seeming to downplay an announcement by transport operators to adjust further transport fares by 20 per cent.
While we don’t trust the statement to have been issued by the Ministry and that from the Jubilee House, we wish to make the following responses.
1. The 20 per cent increment still stands and shall be implemented on the earlier advertised date.
2. We are demanding an apology to be rendered to the top executives of transport operators and most especially two members of the executives of GPRTU who revered chiefs.
3. We shall resist any movement by the executives towards a meeting scheduled by the Ministry unless the apology has been rendered.
4. The government has no locus to determine how much we put on transport fares as it has consistently failed to compensate our requests by reducing taxes that directly affect the transport business.
Paa Willie- National Chairman, C-DAG
Yaw Barimah- PRO- True Drivers Union
David Agboado- P.R.O., C-DAG
Asonaba Nana Wiredu- Deputy Secretary, C-DAG
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL GH