Following President Akufo-Addo’s announcement that commercial vehicles can now operate at full capacity, some Ghanaians have began questioning why government increased transport fares.
It will be recalled that following several calls by the various drivers union for an increase in transport fares, government announced a 15% increment earlier this month.
President Akufo-Addo has announced that commercial vehicles can now return to operating at full capacity.
The President said this in his 14th address to the country on Sunday, July 26, 2020.
“In consultation with the Ministries of Transport and Aviation, and the leadership of transport operators, Government has taken the decision to lift the restrictions in the transport sector, and allow for full capacity in our domestic airplanes, taxis, trotros and buses. The wearing of masks in vehicles and aircrafts, and the maintenance of enhanced hygiene protocols, remain mandatory,” he said.
Reactions to the President’s announcement
Fellow Ghanaians what are we preventing if we pack ourselves in trotro and observe social distancing when we get down?— KWAME TECH (@WilliamJohnWil8) July 26, 2020
Fellow Ghanaians, Akufo-Addo allowed trotro operators to restore their full loading capacity, yet, he sat there and watch an increased transport fare just over a week ago. So now, what is the justification for the increased fare to continue henceforth?— Nana JM (@NanaJM91771371) July 26, 2020
You take full capacity loaded trotro to church but do social distancing when you get to the church. Good logic .— Yayra Koku (@YayraKoku) July 27, 2020
I saw this tweet earlier but didn't understand until the trotro mate said "sisiaa ɛyɛ four four". This whole pandemic thing is an issue but we should be concerned about the fares too. Now that the spacing is back to the usual. Would fares be reduced too?— M A R T Y R D O M (@Swanzywilliamss) July 27, 2020
Have they seen what a trotro at full capacity looks like? Perhaps they should have just spent an hour in a troski from Circle to Agege to understand how ridiculously cramped those spaces can be.— Phil (@Phil_Gr8ness) July 27, 2020
So if the Government knew they will lift up this whole trotro bit thing then why use that as a yard stick to increase the fare? 🤷🏽♀️🤷🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️— Greenwood😍 (@Garvary1) July 27, 2020
Listening to the information Minister on Joy News now in an poste facto analyses of the Prez briefing, it is clear that he has never used a trotro. Otherwise he won’t say what he said about passengers in a trotro that “they are by themselves unlike church attendants” Amazing— Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, Esq. MP. (@etsedafeamekpor) July 26, 2020