Gov't to engage transport leaders over transport fares

Government has said it would continue to negotiate with private transport operators for a reduction in transport fares.

Deputy Minister of transport, Joyce Bawa Mogtari

The Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC) announced at the weekend a 15 per cent increment in transport fares effective Monday, February 1, 2015.

The union said the increment has been necessitated by inflation, high cost of spare parts and increased fuel prices.

But, speaking to Accra-based Citi FM, the Deputy Minister of Transport, Joyce Bawa Mogtari said government will be meeting with leadership of the transport unions to reach a fair conclusion, adding that “our last meeting would have been this morning [Monday] and that we would have taken into cognizance the fact that this new reduction in fuel prices of 2% which has been announced by the NPA, would also have been taken into consideration.”

“But mind you that their argument has been that the increment have not necessarily been because of petroleum price increase at the pump but of course since we have actually received this reduction this morning, we will still be meeting them, we will still be engaging them,” she said.

“And of course, considering the sort of public outcry…I’m sure that they are also a listening group of people and that they will be taking the public concerns on board,” the Minister added.

Meanwhile, management of the Metro Mass Transit have given the assurance not to increase their fares, Mrs Mogtari revealed.

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