Drivers Assoc protest fuel price hikes

Mr Ofori Asiamah, Transport Minister

Mr Ofori Asiamah, Transport Minister

The Committed Drivers Association (CDA) has kicked against the recent fuel prices hikes describing it as attempts by government to deprive them of their job.

According to Mr Charles Danso, chairman of the association, the decision by government and other stakeholders to deprive them of their jobs would be unsuccessful because the association has an application that would compete with the current transport network (Uber) in Ghana.

The chairman disclosed this in a telephone interview with the Ghanaian Times in Accra on Tuesday.

He expressed concern at the latest fuel price hike that resulted in a litre of petrol costing more than GH¢5.00 and urged government to do something about the current situation.

“It is too much and the government must do something about it, because the economic situation has become unbearable.

It is just too much, so at least government has to take a second look at it,” he added.

Fuel prices continue to rise in the country, with petrol hitting GH¢5.21 per litre, up from the previous price of GH¢5.07 per litre.

This came at the heels of predictions by the Institute of Energy Securities (IES) of another fuel increment before the end of the month.

The institute cited increment in the price of crude on the world market and the rate of depreciation of the Ghanaian cedi as the basis for its forecast.

The prices of both petrol and diesel have risen by about 2.76 per cent this week.

The IES has being predicting further hikes in the prices of fuel as the cedi continues to struggle against its major trading currencies.

The cedi has recorded massive losses against the dollar, recently hitting GH¢5.00 to the dollar.

Mr Richard Ampem the Secretary to the Odawna Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) asked for government’s intervention to reduce the impact of fuel price hikes on its members.

However, he said there are no plans to increase transport fares.

“The union cannot increase fares now because of an agreement with the Ministry of Road and Transport for now,” he said.


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