Drivers Association in the Ashanti region has expressed disappointment in the New Patriotic Party [NPP] government, citing increment in petroleum products as the main cause for their disappointment.
The group calling itself Drivers For Change has recently petitioned President Akufo-Addo to take the necessary action to intervene in the recent hikes in petroleum products which is having inverse repercussion on their work.
“We feel deceived by Nana Akufo-Addo’s administration based on the promise they gave us when in opposition ahead of the 2016 election,” the vice president of the group, Mr Isaac Osei told Marfo John [Sir John] in an interview on Ahoto FM in Kumasi.
According to them, they played a very significant role in the NPP’s victory in the 2016 elections, however, disappointed with economic hardship in the country currently.
The group has thus chastised the NPP government’s negligence in putting up good steps to ensure that the price of petrol which a gallon was sold at GHȻ 15.00 in 2016 but currently hovering around GHȻ23.00.
“In the year 2016, a gallon of petrol was GHȻ 15.00, the current President Nana Akuffo Addo who was in opposition then promised us to massively reduce the price when he comes to office which we believed in and voted massively for him.
“Now we want to draw his attention to the fact that in his two years in office, fuel has increased to about 95% as compared to 2016. As at now GHȻ23.00 because of fuel prices, everything has increased. This has negatively affected our economic activities including taking care of our families,” Mr Osei said.
The group further reminded the President of his promise on reducing spare parts which according to them, has yielded no results.
Commenting bitterly on the treatment from some Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly [KMA] taskforce, the group called on the KMA boss to intervene in ensuring that their work moves on smoothly.
“To the KMA boss, the arrest of drivers in Adum/Kejetia is very bad. Every Ghanaian is aware that there is a project going on which has resulted in congestion in the region, there is no parking place for drivers but still they arrest us and take us to court and fine each person an amount of GHȻ 600.00 – GHȻ 700.00.
“We are appealing to the government to respond to us, we are non-partisan (not in any political party) but we are crying for our survival things are difficult for us, any government that comes never think of us, but as for you we know that you will respond to us but things are rather worse,” they pleaded.