The Member of Parliament (MP) for Okaiwei North, Theresah Lardi Awuni, has called on the government to reduce fuel prices to help encourage the adherence to social distancing in public transport (trotros).
She wants the Akufo-Addo administration to intervene and reduce the prices of fuel by 15% to cushion commercial drivers whilst they reduce the numbers of passengers in their vehicles as the country struggles to curb the infection rate of the deadly virus.
According to Madam Awuni, the seating arrangement in commercial vehicles “are fertile grounds for the breeding and escalation” of COVID-19 cases in the country.
“Majority of our population use public transport on daily basis to commute from and to work, for their business engagements,the government must evoke the restrictions and back it by absorbing 15% of the cost of fuel to ease the burden on transport operators”she appealed whilst addressing some members of her constituency.
Some hundred persons have died from the deadly virus in the last 14 days of February, pegging the national death toll at 533 with 718 new cases confirmed on Sunday.
The number of active cases, according to the Ghana Health Service (GHS) data on Sunday is now 8,216. The GHS also announced fifteen (15) more deaths in its latest update.
Since mid-March 2020, Ghana has recorded a total of 75,836 whilst a total of 67,087 have recovered.
Madam Awuni believes it will be prudent to reduce the number of passengers taxis and trotros take as soon as possible to help control the infection rate of the virus as President Akufo-Addo announced in March last year.
It will be recalled that when the country’s COVID-19 cases were less than 3,000 the government instructed commercial drivers not to carry more than 2 passengers on a row.
Today, the seating arrangements of passengers in commercial vehicles are 3 on a row and in some cases four on a row.
It is for this reason that Theresah Awuni wants the government to reduce fuel prices to encourage drivers to adhere to the social distancing protocols in their vehicles.
Just as the drivers and passengers, Madam Awuni charged her constituents to adhere to all COVID-19 protocols, including the use of sanitisers, washing of hands with soap and water and social distancing.