Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, has reacted to government lift of restrictions on the transport sector in terms of capacity to take.
According to him he is against the lift of the restriction on the sector as that can be dangerous for people.
against the clearance given to transport operators to operate at full capacity.
He explained that there was no need for that directive to be given by the President considering how fast the novel virus can spread.
“As for me, the clearance they have given to transport operators to run full capacity, I’m against it and I think it’s not right and I’m afraid because I just recovered from it.
‘The guy who comes to my place for cheques every day never moved a day without his face mask but what happened to him? He tested positive for the virus so it should show you that it’s dangerous,” he said.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo during his 14th Address to the nation on measures taken to prevent the spread of Coronavirus gave clearance to transport opreators to operate at full capacity.
“In consultation with the Ministries of Transport and Aviation, and the leadership of transport operators, government has taken the decision to lift the restrictions in the transport sector, and allow for full capacity in our domestic airplanes, taxis, trotros and buses.
The wearing of masks in vehicles and aircrafts, and the maintenance of enhanced hygiene protocols, remain mandatory”.
This new directive comes months after the Road Transport Operators after consultations with the Ghana Private Transport Union (GPRTU) and the Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council, in March, announced some measures to ensure social distancing among passengers in commercial vehicles.
It was among other measure aimed at ensuring that the precautionary directives given by President Nana Akufo-Addo on social distancing were observed on all public transport vehicles and terminals to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Following this the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) called on commercial transport operators to with immediate effect reduce fares as they return to taking passengers at full seating capacity.
“We are, by this statement calling on some of our major stakeholders in the transport sector including the GPRTU, Concerned Drivers Association, Committed Drivers Association and the Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council to immediately without fail, ensure that transport fares are reversed by close of day tomorrow [Monday],” COPEC urged in a statement.
By: Naa Ayorkor Laryea