True Drivers Union of Ghana has taken a swipe on the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) for its reluctance to adjust upwards lorry fares to give commercial drivers some respite, following the recent fuel hikes.
Three driver unions and other two: Ghana Committed Drivers Association and Concerned Drivers Union of Ghana who have been agitating have said the cost of doing business has gone overboard and their members are unable to make daily sales due to the skyrocketing prices of petroleum products.
Speaking to Kwame Minkah on ‘Ete sen?’ on Radio XYZ 93.1, Spokesperson for True Drivers Union, Yaw Barima, accused GPRTU for being “in bed with government” hence its hesitancy in adjusting public transport fares despite the heightening fuel prices.
“They [GPRTU] are in bed with the government. They don’t want to increase the fares because they benefit from the government. Let me tell you, the ‘Ayalolo’ buses are being managed by them and they get something from there,” Mr Barima alleged.
He said if GPRTU were not inclined towards the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government, they would have realized the reality and increase their fares.
He further expressed the frustrations of his colleague drivers, saying “we use our daily sales to buy fuel without getting anything.”
He also added that those who were against the increment of fares are hypocrites, explaining that the government is “playing mind games” with the Ghanaian populace by increasing petroleum products in bits just to psych the drivers that the amount is insignificant and thus, drivers should maintain the old price, an initiative he vowed to oppose fiercely.
“The increment of fuel prices is beyond 10% and because it was done in bits the government gets its money but we the drivers are made to work for the fuel stations. We use our daily sales to purchase fuel at the end of each working day,” Barima disclosed angrily.
However, the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) and the Ghana Road Coordinating Council (GRTCC) are urging the public to disregard reports circulating that transport fares have been increased by 20 per cent.
A statement issued jointly by the transport bodies and signed by Mr Kwame Kuma, the National Chairman of GPRTU and Mr Ben Amoabeng – Peprah, the National Chairman of the GRTCC, in Accra, said no decision had been made on transport fares.
The statement follows media reports that some drivers belonging to splinter unions have increased fares in some parts of the country, following the growing agitation for an upward adjustment of lorry fares.
Currently, the price of petrol and diesel is pegged at GH¢5.21 per litre, up from the previous price of GH¢5.07 per litre, which has triggered a public uproar among majority of Ghanaians.
Hassan Tampuli, NPA Boss.
The motoring public is angered by the seeming helplessness by government and are demanding bold steps including a review of the petroleum products pricing formula to contain the situation.
However, last week, the Executive Director of the National petroleum Authority (NPA), Hassan Tampuli, has blamed the trend on a surge in the price of finished products on the international market.
Prices of petroleum products went up by 2% in August 2018.
By: Henryson Okrah/myxyzonline.com