Transport operators in Northern Region ground operations over fuel hike

Commercial transport operators in the Northern Region are set to join a nationwide sit down strike today, Monday December 6.

The sit down strike is in protest against what the transport operators say is the incessant increase in the prices of Petroleum products in the country.

The operators want government to reduce the price of a litre of fuel by Gh¢ 1.50.

A statement issued by the Northern Regional branch of the Coalition of Commercial Transport Operators of Ghana insisted that the strike will remain in force until government meets their demands.

It appealed to the drivers and the general public to comply accordingly.

“We entreat all our members and all affiliate of the coalition to fully comply with this directive, we also appeal to the general public to bear with us on this action in other for the government to scrap all taxis on the pump price of petroleum products to ease the burden on Ghanaians” the statement added.

Abass Imoro, spokesperson for the nationwide coalition told Joy News TV their research has shown that the Gh¢1.50 reduction on a litre is doable, arguing that since the Tema Oil Refinery is not in operation, there is no longer the need for government to keep taxing drivers to pay for the about 800 ‘idle’ staff of the oil refinery.

He said they do not see the need to continue to increase transportation fares because of the current hardships in the country.

Most oil marketing companies in Ghana currently sell fuel around GH¢6.80 per litre, a price that is above the African average of less than GH¢6.

Story: Mumuni Yirifa Yunus | Justicefm

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