Covid-19: Reduce fuel prices now else… Driver Unions
True Drivers Union and Drivers for Change Union are calling on the government to as a matter of urgency reduce fuel prices else they will increase lorry fares across the country. The unions who have their mother union as Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) are demanding from the government removal of the 8 percent increment added on to fuel prices.
In adherence to social distancing directives in aid of fight against the corona virus pandemic, drivers agreed to cut down the number of passengers that board their cars.
According to the unions, crude oil dropped drastically on the world market but the government refused to reduce fuel prices, an action the drivers were not happy with. The price of crude oil stood at 68 million dollars per barrel and reduced drastically to 17 miilion dollars per barrel during the early stages of covid-19.
Chairman for True Drivers Union Yaw Osei Barima speaking to Wofa Agyenim Boateng host of Delight Fm’s Morning Show “Me Man Nti”, said attitude of the government especially in these difficult times has shown their disregard to drivers in the country.
“Fuel prices are always being increased and they won’t allow us to increase our fares this is so unfair. We are giving the government up to June 8, 2020 to reduce the fuel prices else we will automatically increase our fares to 20 percent. Any hindrances will cause for a massive demonstration by drivers across the country because the government has provided monetary fund to support the small and medium scale enterprises but drivers have been left out” he warned.
Chamber for Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) had earlier notified the government to work on crude oil prices as the world market is stable.
Story: Kwasi Minta
Editor: Kofi Boahen Dankwa