Ghana Our Country Movement is the second Civil Society Organisation to demand the demand the immediate removal of the 15% increase in the transport fares.
They are demand is premised of the fact that the increment in the prices of petroleum products on the 4th of January, 2016 which was occasioned by the passage of the Energy Sector Levy bill by parliament in December is still pegs the prices of fuel at a rate lower than the record-high prices of the commodity in July 2016.
The Movement also cite the fact that the GPRTU did not reduce prices of transport when the price of fuel fell prices fell seven months ago. It is on this basis that the Movement describes the increment as a rip off.
They are therefore charging Ghanaians to oppose the increment and put pressure on the Ministry of Transport to cause the GPRTU to remove the increments.
Below is the Full statement released by the
1ST FEBRUARY, 2016
GHANA OUR COUNTRY MOVEMENT DEMANDS IMMEDIATE REMOVAL OF 15% INCREASE IN TRANSPORT FARES
We the members of Ghana Our Country Movement Woke up this morning to be greeted with the news of 15percent upward adjustment of transport fares announced by the Ghana Roads Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC) according to citinewsonline.comeffective today, 1st February 2016.
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The 15Percent increment announced by the Secretary to GRCC is not only outrageous but also a slap in the faces of all Ghanaians at a point where everybody in the country knows that the drivers and the transport owners including the GPRTU and GRCC executives are making abnormal profits since the meddle of 2015 when the fuel prices started falling from the record high of Ghc3.75per litre to GHc2.45per litre at the pump which is more than 34.6 percent reduction in petrol prices at the pump.
1.The increment in the prices of petroleum products on the 4th of January, 2016 which was occasioned by the passage of the Energy Sector Levy bill by parliament in December, 2015 which saw the prices of petrol shot up to Ghc3.46 per litre at the pump is still below the record high of Ghc3.75 per litre at the pump in July 2015 of which the current transport fares was adjusted to match the fuel prices at that time.
2.The GRTCC/GPRTU/Transport owners did not reduce transport fares at the time they were and still are enjoying windfalls as a result of the fall in fuel prices at the Pump for seven (7) good months.
The question is, on what basis has GRTCC increased the transport fares whilst they are still benefiting from the profit margin of 7,7% per litre (Ghc3.75 to Ghc3.46) at the pump?
This is nothing but a broad day robbery!
We the members of GHOCOM, are demanding, with immediate effect, a total removal of the 15% increase in transport fares announced by the acting General Secretary of GRTCC, Andrews Kwesi Kwasi said.
GHOCOM is also calling on all the stakeholders especially, Ministry of transport to intervene on behalf of Ghanaians to reverse this increment of 15% in transport fares intended to rob the citizens of Ghana in a broad day.
Finally, GHOCOM is calling on all citizens to kick against the payment of the new transport fares with uttermost resistance as far as possible till we see this burden lifted upon our necks!