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GPRTU to increase fares by 20% over rising fuel costs

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Private commercial road transport operators and the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) have threatened to increase fares if government does not meet their demands to remove or reduce some taxes on petroleum products.

The key stakeholders in the commercial road transport industry have expressed disappointment in the government “for not putting in place any mitigating or stabilization measure to curtail the hikes in fuel and petroleum products in Ghana”.

Describing the government’s attitude as “half-hearted”, the operators consisting of Concern Drivers Association, Committed Drivers Union, and True Drivers Union said their welfare has been relegated to the rear in the scheme of things.

“Our disappointment stems from the failure of the government to commit to its assurance to operators that it will continue with efforts to prevent a steep rise in input cost,” they said in a press release sighted by 3news.com on Monday, October 11.

“It was based on this assurance that members of the Ghana Road Transport Co-ordinating Council agreed to increase transport fares by 13% on 2nd June, 2021.”

They are, therefore, simply asking government to review the taxes on petroleum products, especially on Diesel and Petrol.

They are also urging government to scrap the following taxes as a matter of urgency: Special Petroleum Tax (46pessewas/Litre), Price Stabilization and Recovery Levy (16 pessewas/litre), BOST Margin (9 pesewas/litre), and Sanitation and Pollution Levy (10 pesewas/litre).

“We also believe that the Energy Debt Recovery Levy and the Energy Sector Recovery Levy should be merged and reduced to 30 pessewas per Litre.

“We believe that the removal of these taxes will reduce the prices of diesel and petrol by Ghc1.20/Litre each.”

Failure by government to meet these demands, the operators threatened, will culminate in “no alternative than to increase our fares by 20% to recover the cost of our operations and debt we have incurred during these price increment”.

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Breaking: Western Togoland Leader Papavi Confirmed Dead

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Leader of the Homeland Study Group Foundation (HSGF), Charles Komi Kudzordzi, popularly known as Papavi Hogbedetor, is reportedly dead.

Family sources told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) Mr Kudzordzi died in the late hours of Friday, October 15, 2021, at a hospital in the Volta Region.

Until his demise, Papavi Hogbedetor was championing the separation of the “Western Togoland” from Ghana through his secessionist group, the Homeland Study Group Foundation.

After many failed attempts, he unsuccessfully declared independence for “Western Togoland” and was arrested for the first time and charged with treason.

Mr Kudjordji was arrested again for similar offences, airlifted from Ho to Accra and charged for treason with some of his accomplices.

He was again granted bail due to old age and after his release, heard days later declaring independence for Western Togoland and had since gone into hiding till information on his death.

He was born on April 7, 1934.

Source: GNA

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Just In: Two Articulator Trucks Involved In An Accident At The Nsawam bypass N6 (photos)

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News information coming has revealed that an accident has just taken place on the Nsawam bypass (N6) after two articulators were said to have had a head-on collision.

Tho the real cause of the accident is not known Nsawam traffic Police officers have been said to have rushed to the scene of the event as they try to remove the cars from the road.

The Ghana police service the post on their Facebook handle wrote saying;

“Public Notice!The Police wish to bring to the attention of the public, a road-traffic crash involving two articulator trucks on the Nsawam-Accra bound carriageway on the Nsawam bypass (N6). Nsawam traffic Police officers are currently at the scene managing the situationThe Road Safety Management Services Limited Team has been called to proceed with a towing truck to tow the trucks off the road to allow free and safe flow of traffic. Meanwhile, motorists are advised to drive cautiously when approaching since the dual carriage has been converted to a single lane.The public would be updated soon.

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Google to invest $1 billion to lift Africa internet access

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Google said on Wednesday it will invest $1 billion over the next five years to allow for faster and more affordable internet access and support entrepreneurship in Africa.

Internet reliability is a problem in Africa where less than a third of the continent’s 1.3 billion people are connected to broadband, according to the World Bank.

But the continent, where nearly half the population is under 18, is a promising market.

According to Google and Alphabet boss, Sundar Pichai “huge strides” have been made in recent years, but more work is needed to make “internet accessible, affordable and useful for every African”.

The investment will support digital transformation by ensuring improved connectivity and access, he said in a statement.

The funds will, among other things, go towards infrastructure development including the Equiano subsea cable that will connect South Africa, Namibia, Nigeria and St Helena with Europe.

The deal expands Google’s pledge announced four years ago to train around 10 million young Africans and small-scale businesses in digital skills.

“I am of the firm belief that no one is better placed to solve Africa’s biggest problems than Africa’s young developers and startup founders,” said Google’s Africa managing director Nitin Gajria.

Internet access is also hampered by the affordability of smartphones.

Google said it will partner with Kenya’s telecoms giant Safaricom to launch affordable Android smartphones for first time users.

The project will later be rolled out across the continent with other carriers such Airtel, MTN, Orange and Vodacom.

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