The MP for Tain constituency, Mr. Adams Sulemana Ramzy has charged Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia to stop sleeping on his job and save the Cedi from depreciating furthermore.
Speaking to King Nicholas on Inside Politics on Power FM, the freshman MP observed that the incessant increase in the price of fuel in the country can largely be blamed on the depreciation of the country’s currency.
Prices at the pumps are almost GHS8 at many fuel stations in the country after starting the year at about GHS6.5 per litre.
The Ghana Private Roads and Transport Union (GPRTU) of TUC has lamented the incessant fuel hikes in the country and has asked the government to shore up the Cedi to prevent further price jumps.
They say it has been affecting the businesses of transport operators because the prices of spare parts and lubricants have gone up.
Mr. Ramzy chastised the Vice President for being quiet in the midst of the challenges owning to the fact that the cedi depreciation has been very consistent recently.
“When the government works on the depreciation of the cedi, the fuel price can be controlled,” he noted and wondered why Dr. Bawumia who slammed the erstwhile NDC government over fuel prices could be silent when the same situation is worsening under his watch.
Recently, President Akufo-Addo indicated that his government was very concerned with the free fall of the cedi and was taking steps to stabilize it.
The PRO for GPRTU, Abass Moro, said despite the incessant fuel hikes, the driver unions cannot push for a 30% transport fare increment as they had earlier suggested because they have realised their sales are dwindling following the announcement of new transport fares.
After a meeting with the Transport Minister and some government officials, the unions rejected a suggestion that they increase the fare by 10%. However, Moro is of the view that they could not agree on that but had to settle at 15%.
Asked if they had not disappointed their members who have been pushing for a much higher percentage, Abass Moro who was speaking on Dwaboase on TV XYZ indicated that “we couldn’t have taken an entrenched position.”
“Do you want us to go for a higher increment so the business slows down or do you want us to be reasonable with our increment to allow Ghanaians some breathing space to be able to patronise our services?” he quizzed.
He added, although there wasn’t a thorough discussion with members on the 15% increment in fares, they had to “rather be reasonable” so their businesses will not collapse.
The transport operators in the country have agreed to adjust fares by 15 percent, beginning Saturday, February 26, 2022.
The GPRTU has urged Ghanaians to cooperate with them.