May 28, 2024 12:18 am

‘We expect fuel price to fall to at least 6.10 by Monday’ – GPRTU

General Secretary of the Ghana Private Roads and Transport Union (GPRTU), Godfred Abulbire, has said they expect fuel price to fall to GH₵6.10 by Monday, November 15, 2021.

This follows an engagement between government and leadership of some 16 driver unions who threatened to lay down their tools today if fuel prices do not fall.

Speaking on the AM Show on JoyNews Thursday, November 11, keenly followed by Ghanasonline.com, Mr. Abulbire noted the unions discussion with government officials was the reason for the suspension of their strike.

The Coalition of Private Transport Associations includes Tipper Truck Association, Articulated Drivers Association, Ghana Private Road and Transport Union (GPRTU), Ghana National Cargo Transport Association, Ghana Committed Drivers Association, True Drivers Union and Digital Drivers Union.

According to the unions, they have identified at least five taxes that they believe serve no useful purpose which they’ve asked government to scrap.

A litre of petrol and diesel currently sells at ¢6.90 at major oil marketing companies across the country.

READ ALSO: 16 driver unions threaten withdrawal of services by Thursday if fuel prices are not reduced

Meanwhile, Mr. Abulbire said “we were called to meet the sector minister and we presented our petition and they’ve promised to work on it before the budget would be presented on Monday.”

He asserts the unions know the pivotal role taxes play in running a state, however, some of the taxes  are nuisance and could be done away with.

“We know government makes money from taxes and cannot stop taxing but some of these taxes could be removed to bring the prices down. We have faith that per our discussion, the prices will come down,” he expressed.

He continued government also promised that “some of our reliefs would be addressed in the budget statement. It [price] should be reverted to at least 6.1 and drivers would reduce transport fares. If by Monday as they’ve told us we don’t see any change, the strike will come off.”

Source: Ghanasonline.com

 

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