The General Secretary of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), Godfred Abulbire, announced that there will not be a drop in transportation costs anytime soon, dashing the aspirations of Ghanaians.
According to the Institute for Energy Security (IES), petroleum product prices have decreased dramatically and are predicted to do so even more this Friday, December 16, 2022. The new pricing for gasoline and diesel would be between GH13 and GH16 per litre, while liquefied petroleum gas will cost between GH12 and GH13 per kilogram.
Following an almost 40% increase in fares since the start of the year, Ghanaians have been calling on commercial drivers to lower their rates nonstop since the recent fall. On Wednesday, Mr. Abulbire remarked in an 0interview with Eyewitness News on Citi FM that the Union would not hurry into a decrease until all the factors that contribute to the increase in transportation costs were addressed. Before deciding on the margin of decrease, the Union will also look at the trend in the recent decline in fuel costs and the appreciation of the cedi to make sure it is constant.
“For now, we will not rush and reduce fares, we need to observe things before we reduce before they increase again, and we are told to increase. We are going to observe and by the next pricing window, if the price comes down, nobody will need to tell us to reduce fares.”