Following President Nana Akufo Addo’s intervention, the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) and the government have agreed to a 19% increase in transport fares as opposed to the intended 35% increase.
From Saturday, October 29, 2022, it will be in force.
The 19% fell short of the 35% raise that the GPRTU had requested from the government in response to the ongoing increase in the price of petroleum goods at different fuel pumps.
On Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at the Presidency, the GPRTU and President Nana Akufo Addo met to discuss the current increment.
Abbas Imoro, the GPRTU’s industrial relations officer, revealed this during an interview with Captain Koda on the morning show “Nyansapo” on Otec FM on October 26, 2022, which Ghanatodayonline.com was monitoring.
“Effective Saturday, October 25, 2022, transport fares across the country have been increased by 19%. A communiqué will be released soon concerning the new fares,” he stated.
“We have been considerate on the increment. This would have been increased to 35% but President Nana Addo intervened and pleaded for the 19%” he added.
Given the regular increases in fuel prices, he begged the passengers to be patient, saying, “We have sacrificed to contain it, but we can no longer take these repercussions.”
Investigations have already shown that certain transport companies have raised their rates in anticipation of more fuel price increases.
The union claims that the hike is a result of the increased cost of petroleum products.
Currently, a litre of gasoline costs GHS13.10, while a litre of diesel costs GHS15.99.
New rates for the general public’s travel have been issued by the VIP JEOUN Transport.
According to a statement issued by the management and dated Monday, October 24, 2022, the revised rates became effective.
The increases in transportation costs followed a recent increase in fuel prices of around 16 percent.