GPRTU called for 50% increase in transport fares but gov’t disagreed – Report

GPRTU called for 50% increase in transport fares but gov’t disagreed – Report

- Information available shows the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) called for a 50% increase in transport fares

- This was rejected and a 15% increase was approved by the government

- The change in transport fares take effect from Saturday, 11 July

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YEN.com.gh has learned that the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) called for a 50% increase in transport fares nationwide but this was rejected by the government.

At present, the government has approved a 15% increase in fares and this is expected to take effect from Saturday, 11 July.

The new rate of increase was agreed on during a meeting at which representatives of the Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC), the GPRTU, and the ministry were present.

GPRTU called for 50% increase in transport fares but gov’t disagreed – Report

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A report by thebftonline.com shows that the GPRTU advocated for a 50% increase due to fallen profit levels and increased costs of doing business.

According to the Deputy Minister of Transport, Daniel Titus Glover, transport operators have sacrificed a lot since the outbreak of COVID-19 and it is essential that they are cushioned so they don’t go out of business.

He added that measures would be put in place to ensure that all safety protocols are implemented at all transport stations.

Glover went on to say that stations have been asked to paste the new list at the various stations to avoid arguments.

In other news, the Ministry of Trade and Industry has selected the manufacturing sector through which Ghana would experience an economic revival.

Robert Ahomka-Lindsay, a deputy minister, noted that the outbreak of the coronavirus gives Ghana a unique opportunity to pursue an industrialisation agenda.

He explained that measures are in place to propel innovative strategies in the sector.

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