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transportation rates will rise once more, as the government fails to reduce petroleum taxes, 

Transport and driver unions have threatened to raise rates once more.

The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) and the Concerned Drivers Association are both critical of the government of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The new development comes after President Nana Akufo-Addo flatly rejected the Unions’ proposal that the government abolish tariffs on petroleum items.

The Transport and Drivers’ Unions believe that eliminating fuel taxes will help Ghanaians cope with the current high cost of life.

However, Akufo-Addo claims that eliminating the tariffs will cost the country $4 billion.

As a result, the unions have stated that the government’s stance forces them to raise transportation rates.

Samuel Amoah, the GPRTU’s Communication Director, told JoyNews that the government had mislead them.

“They [the administration] kept putting off the meeting and lied to us.” We don’t believe we need to pursue it again now that they’ve come out and said they can’t do it [remove taxes].

“We’ve done all we can to get them to either repeal it or lower some of the taxes.” But we don’t think there’s anything that can’t be done to reschedule that meeting, and then we’ll all come up with the agreed-upon [percentage] of transportation fee increase,” he added on Wednesday.

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