Transport fares were increased by 15%, effective Saturday 11 July 2020.
A Teaching Assistant at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is dissatisfied with the upward review in fares.
In an interview with Adom News, Deputy Transport Minister Titus Glover Abednego Asante Asiedu said that government decision was taken in recognition of the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on drivers.
Bonney Emmanuel, who is with the Department of Environmental science, is seeking for clarification from relevant transportation stakeholders with regards to the recent increase in transport fares despite the foregone reason by the Deputy Transport Minister.
Below is the concern of Mr. Bonney
To the best of my knowledge, Government of Ghana never sanctioned the various authorities in charge of transport just to ensure the wearing of face masks but also social distancing in all forms of transports. If my conscience would serve me right, ordinary Ghanaian considers huge increases in fare as a result of both prices up in fuel and social distancing in cars.
If GPRTUs and the various stakeholders are not ensuring that the following aforementioned protocol(social distancing) would be observed in the various Vvip bus stations. Then there is the need for review and reduction of the lorry fare. Kumasi to Takoradi lorry fare has a shoot of 45gh cedis to 58gh cedis. I was on board yesterday from Kumasi to Takoradi. The bus has an arrangement of 3 seats in a row.
So I want a proper clarification if there should not be any social distancing in such types of buses.
The bus had full load, all the seats were occupied yet we were charged 58 cedis per head . I don’t want to believe it is just because of the price increase in fuel alone that mounted up to such exponential increment in fares.
To have a full board yet passengers are paying 58cedis is really a problem for ordinary Ghanaian. Therefore I’m using this medium to call upon those in charge especially GPRTU and the various stakeholders to educate us on why such increase and if possible amend such implementations. The ordinary Ghanaian is also a Ghanaian. God bless our Homeland Ghana.
By. Emmanuel Bonney