The Western Regional Branch of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has appealed to the government to give the union its share of the Relief Fund from the COVID-19 Fund.
They said government instituted the fund to assist institutions which through their work were facing hardships due to the effects of the coronavirus but the fund never considered GPRTU during the first wave of COVID-19.
A spokesman for the union, Mr Kwesi Ansah made the appeal at a media briefing at Takoradi yesterday.
He said the effects of the virus hit the union greatly during the first wave but they managed the situation but now appealed to government to come to their aid this time when disbursing the Relief Funds.
Mr Ansah said that the President’s Sunday address indicated that the wearing of face masks was compulsory so GPRTU had instructed all drivers, mates, porters and the travelling public moving through the GPRTU terminals to wear face masks before boarding their vehicles.
The union, he disclosed, had procured enough Veronica buckets, sanitisers, tissue papers for all the terminals for use by the travelling public but added that “people must carry their own sanitisers for personal use in the vehicles for their own safety.’’
Mr Ansah disclosed that the National Secretariat of the GPRTU was forming a Special Task Force to move round all the 16 regions to ensure the directives were complied with at all terminals.
He said the Special Task Force would be replicated in all the regions and districts offices to fight the spread of the virus.
Mr Ansah indicated that the union would make jingles to be played as awareness creation as part of their contribution to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to him, the ban on selling or marketing of drugs by peddlers was still in force, adding that social distance would be observed in the vehicles.
Photo: GPRTU 1/Samba 3-02-21
Photo: Mr Kwesi Ansah (right), spokesperson of the union addressing the media with Nana Akoako II (chairman).
FROM PETER GBAMBILA, TAKORADI