We are fed up with the neglect and disrespect – GPRTU cries to Mahama

The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) says it has had enough of the neglect by government. They say, though their membership constitutes over 92% of commercial drivers, there is no deliberate policy yet, targeted at improving their work environment or protect their interest, despite the major role they play in national development.

They are particularly livid over the increasing number of sprinter unions, which they say is weakening their front in advancing their grieviances.

General Secretary of the GPRTU Godfred Abubire, who was speaking during an engagement with the NDC 2024 flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama said for example, government till date has not shown any appreciation towards them despite the painful sacrifices and losses they were compelled to incur during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We were asked to load half full capacity when the lock down was implemented. We sacrificed, but when government was sharing ‘freebies’ and recognizing institutions, we were left out as though we never existed” he bemoaned.

Mr. Abubire also bemoaned the removal of their executive members from boards in the public transport sector such as the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Authority (DVLA), the National Road Safety Authority, amongst others.

“We do not understand why there is no budgetary allocation to support GPRTU operations. Some of our bus terminals are not spacious and lack the requisite facilities such as restrooms, beddings etc. High interest rates and the increasing cost of doing business are affecting our survival and it will look like no one cares” he lamented.

The General Secretary of the GPRTU also cited persistent harassment by the Police, who have developed a penchant for extortions.

The GPRTU appealed tot he former President to pay special attention to their needs if he wins the December 7, 2024 polls.

In response, Mr Mahama reiterated his commitment towards road infrastructure to open up the country, and introduce policies with an all-hands-on deck approach to improve road transport business.

“The GPRTU is the greatest body in the transport sector. We will reinstate your membership on those boards and ensure you have your voice back” he assured

“We will also dedicate a day to celebrate drivers. Best district driver, Best Regional driver and National Best driver” he added

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