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Trotro to Reduce Number of Passengers Per Row From Thursday Onwards

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Commercial buses have decided to reduce the number of passengers they carry per row by one from tomorrow, Thursday, 26 March as part of efforts to ensure social distancing in the fight against the Coronavirus outbreak.

This means buses that carry three on normal days will now carry two per row while those who take four per row will do three.

The Ghana Private Road Transport Union is, however, calling on the government to reduce fuel prices for commercial drivers to enable them continue with the new policy until normal times return.

Since Ghana recorded cases of the pandemic, there have been calls for sweeping reforms in various sectors of the country’s economy.

Prominent among the calls is the reduction of the number of passengers that commercial buses (trotro) carry per row in order to observe the social distancing policy in public vehicles.

President Nana Akufo-Addo, thus, on Tuesday, 24th March 2020, met transport operators and owners to find ways by which they can modify the existing public transport policy.

Industrial Relations Officer of the Greater Accra branch of the GPRTU, Mr Abass Ibrahim Moro, said the number of passengers can be reduced if the government will put in place measures to assist drivers and transport owners.

He said: “We are worried about the coronavirus and the way we load our vehicles – shoulder-by-shoulder – and we’ve come out with a suggestion that the government should see what it can do [to help us].

“On our own, we’ve asked our drivers to effective from tomorrow [Thursday, 26 March], the three sitting capacity should be reduced to two while the four sitting capacity should be reduced to three.”

Mr Abass, however, explained that if this is done without any compensation from the government, the drivers will stop working and there will be no cars available on the streets to transport Ghanaians.

“So, we are saying the government should see if there could be a coupon so that the fuel could be reduced so that we can meet the working demands,” he added.

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WILL HISTORY BE REPEATED? NPP Lost When They Picked Number 1 While In Power In 2008

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When I heard that the NPP picked number 1 during the official balloting at the EC’s head office today, the only thing that occurred to me was HISTORY!

Talking about history, in 2008 when NPP was in power and had all the resources after parking the NDC in opposition for eight good years, many thought the much-yearned for Nana Addo, then flagbearer would take over from H.E John Agyekum Kuffuor, the incumbent.

Just like today, on the day of balloting under the watch of the then EC boss Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, the NPP picked Number 1 – the spot sent a message of victory across the country among all party folks and sympathizers. Quickly the song below was composed.

Shockingly, the verdict for the 2008 election did not go in the favour of the NPP as expected by the majority of Ghanaians in the first round.

This was due to the fact that no candidate received more than 50% of the votes, hence, a run-off election was held on 28 December 2008 between the two candidates who received the most votes, NPP’s Nana Akufo-Addo and NDC’s, John Atta Mills.

After the run-off, Mills was certified as the victor on January 3, 2009, by a margin of less than one percent. It is to date the closest election in Ghanaian history.

Since we are all reflecting on history, what does the NPP being in position with Nana Addo as flagbearer and picking number 1 on the ballot mean?

 

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Mahama being number 2 on the ballot paper means God has ordained him to rule Ghana for a 2nd term – Sammy Gyamfi

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Communications officer of the National Democratic Congress, Sammy Gyamfi, has said that it is God that allowed John Mahama to occupy the second position on the 2020 Ghana elections ballot paper while NPP’s Nana Addo sat at the first position.

Soon after the Electoral Commission made the announcement of the positions of the presidential candidates on the ballot paper, Sammy Gyamfi took to Twitter and said Mahama being at the second position is an indication that he’ll rule Ghana again for the second term.

He continued by saying that Nana Addo’s first position on the ballot paper is also an indication that he was ordained to rule Ghana for only one term.

In his words, he wrote:

“John Mahama will be number two (2) on the ballot on 7th December, meaning God has ordained him, @JDMahama for a second (2nd) term. President Akufo Addo will be number (1) on the ballot, meaning that President Akufo Addo is ordained for just one (1) term. #TwoSure”

 

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Ghana 2020 Elections: NPP picks No. 1, NDC picks No. 2

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GHANA 2020 ELECTIONS: The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has picked Number 1 on the ballot paper for the 2020 December 7 elections.

Coincidentally, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) picked Number 2 during the balloting exercise held at the head office of the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) on Tuesday, October 20.

Osofo Kyirabosom’s GUM party followed at Number 3.

The CPP, GFP, and GCPP picked number 4, 5, and 6 respectively.

APC, LPG, PNC, PPP, NDP and the independent candidate will fill the number 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 spots respectively.

The numbers picked by the various parties will be the positions for both presidential and parliamentary candidates.

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