Students of the University of Ghana have expressed mixed feelings ahead of a possible increment in transport fares on campus.
Since the 13% increment in transport fares by the Ghana Private Transport Union took effect on Saturday, June 5, two of the three taxi unions operating on campus have told UniversNews of their decision against adjusting their fares, although they did not rule out the possibility increasing fares.
When UniversNews visited the Achimota-Legon Co-operative transport society, they indicated that there are no plans yet to increase transport fares on campus.
Similarly, the Progressive Transport Owners’ Association (PROTOA) Co-operative, stationed in front of the Evandy Hostel, has so far decided to maintain old prices though they have the backing of their regional office to increase fares.
The treasurer of UG PROTOA, Philip Ansah tells UniversNews that they will have to meet the Student Representative Council (SRC) to further deliberate on the matter.
According to him, it is only at this meeting that they will finalize any possible increment.
However, the GPRTU Legon Taxi Union, operating from opposite the TF Hostel, has already increased its fares across board by one Cedi.
Some students who spoke to UniversNews on the possible increment of fares by all transport unions appealed to the transport operators to hold on.
“I had to go for a group discussion on the main campus. Originally, they were taking six cedis but, the driver asked me to pay 8 cedis, and I had only 12 cedis on me for my transport way and back. They have to consider us,” one student said.
Other students who spoke to UniversNews said they would have no option other than to pay the new fare.
Story by: Valry Mbida | universnewsroom.com