Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has been accused of politicising transportation fares in the country.
This follows its recent 20% increment in transport fares due to hikes in fuel prices.
But other Transport Unions like Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council have opposed the unilateral decision of GPRTU to increase lorry fares saying no single union or group has the capability to determine the percentage of increment.
Speaking on Days TV political show 'Outside Parliament' hosted by Kwabena Agyei Ananse, Kwabena Frimpong, an NPP Communications Team member, has stated that the position of GPRTU is politically motivated.
“The practice in Ghana is that, anytime there is a hike in prices of fuel, all the Transport Unions like GPRTU, PROTOA, Concern drivers union, et al meet with the Transport Minister to decide the quantum of increase to be made, but that was not the case this time as GPRTU came out to announce the increments without going through the normal routine; it is unsurprising some Unions have come out to oppose their 20% Increment of the fares.”
He further added that “I think their decision is Politically motivated to paint the ruling government black to the citizens because in our country increment in transportation fares always causes an increase in goods and services.”