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Bolgatanga: Passengers of ‘Cando’ blame government for 15% fare increment

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Passengers of Autorickshaw popularly called “Mahama Cando” in the Bolgatanga Municipality of the Upper East Region have blamed President Akufo-Addo for a recent 15% fare increment by operators.

Operators of Autorickshaw over the week notified passengers of their intended fare increment due to the recent fuel hikes.

Speaking to A1radioonline.com, the passengers agreed with the operators for the 15% increment. They, however, faulted the government for doing so little to avert their plight.

They say the government has total control over the economy and prices regarding petroleum products should have been key to its administration.

“We export crude oil, government knows the dangers it has if prices of such are not properly regulated. Talking about the price stabilisation and recovery levy what led to its reversal. Leaders need to walk the talk. I understand the operators’ frustrations and we can’t blame them but the government”, one passenger said.

Another passenger noted “The government should be a bit understandable that some of us live from hand to mouth. The daily fuel increments are killing us.”

The passengers used to pay between Ghc2.00 and Ghc5.00 to travel from the business centre to Bolga-Estate or Bongo District. But with the recent 15% increment, they will have to pay around Ghc4.00 to Ghc7.00 to make that same trip.

Touching on the new fare adjustment, the operators explained that the 15% increment came to cushion their operations.

They however stressed that even with the 15% increment, they will still not make business sense.

Adding that they expect the government to reason with them regarding the price hikes of petroleum products.

A1radioonline.com|101.1 MHz|Moses Apiah|Bolgatanga|Ghana

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