Commercial drivers, in recent times, continue to complain about the daily increment in petroleum commodities which have been their main concern and a threat to their businesses.
In the last four months, that is from January to April 2021, the petroleum products saw a series of increment on over ten different occasions, which were unannounced by the Akufo-Addo government but reflected at the various pumps.
A group, known as Concerned Drivers Association of Ghana, has comeout with a Press statement on how badly the continous increment in petroleum products have nearly collapse their transport businesses.
According to the group, the latest increment on Saturday, May 1, 2021 has worsen their businesses and has resolved to increase transport fares by 40 percent to make up for the losses they have incurred since January 2021.
Kindly read the full statement by the group
Press Statement by Concerned Drivers Association of Ghana (C-DAG) on Imminent Increment of Petrol Prices.
The Concerned Drivers Association of Ghana (C-DAG) is dismayed by the recent increment in the prices of fuel in the country.
This comes as the straw that broke the camel’s back. We wish to state unequivocally that we are more disappointed in the Nana Akufo Addo government.
Over the period, we have witnessed subtle increment of fuel prices and complained bitterly due to the untoward hardship it brought on us but it seems our plight have been falling on deaf ears.
It is more disheartening that, on May Day, petrol commodities have seen another increment in their prices only that this time around government has made a formal announcement.
But we’d like to state that, the increment is not justifiable in any manner considering the fact that, prices of fuel are relatively cheaper in all the countries surrounding Ghana.
We would like to state emphatically that, as drivers, we shall increase transport fares by 40 percent regardless of the percentage increase of fuel prices.
We are been forced to take this decision because, the transport business continues to be less lucrative due to such increments and even including that of drivers’ licenses, vehicle insurance and road worthy certificates.
Sadly, the President has failed to stick to his own words when he was then an opposition candidate and even when he was contesting in just the recent elections.
Even though he promised to make life easy, we are rather facing more perilous times.
We are therefore calling on the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers(COPEC), business men and women, large and small scale traders, students and both private and government workers to echo a joint call on government to halt the further increment in petroleum prices.
Failure to do this, then we must all begin preparing to accept the 40 percent increment of transport fares proposed by us.
It must be noted that, as a driver union, we have considered several factors including the plight of our cherished passengers but if we don’t take this step after the increment, we stand the risk of being kicked out of business.
It is therefore cogent for all of us to call on government to immediately halt the increment.
Long Live Ghana
Paa Willie, Chairman, Concerned Drivers Union
020 296 5120
David Agboado, PRO, C-DAG
Amina Yussif, Secretary, C-DAG
Yaw Barima, Chairman, True Drivers Union