Drivers across the country are boiling up over the failure of the Nana Akufo Addo led administration to fulfill their promises to them.
The anger yesterday led to a spontaneous unconventional protest where the drivers moved from radio stations to TV stations stating their dissatisfaction at fuel prices.
“During the election, President Akufo Addo and his cohorts moved from one lorry station to reminiding us of the impact of the policies of the former administration on our work and cautioning us against voting for them,” an angry protesting driver told the Gold Power Drive.
The drivers also recounted the promises the then candidate Akufo Addo made to them.
“He promised to drastically reduce and keep fuel prices down as well as make spare parts affordable to us,” another driver stated
Energy minister Boakye Agyako has indicated that government is unable to reduce fuel prices because of the deregulated environment which gives the various bulk oil distributors and Oil marketing companies’ complete control over the pricing of petroleum products.
The government has also indicated its inability to reduce the taxes on fuel.
This is contrary to the position the NPP took whiles in opposition with the then minority leader Osei Kyei Mensah threatening to resist the passage into law of the Energy Sector levies Act (ESLA) with his blood.
Nine months into government, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu who is now Majority leader and Minister for Presidential Affairs is yet to push for the repeal of the law.
The Drivers are unhappy with what they say is the new song being sung by the NPP in government.
“If they had sung this song in 2016 they would not have won the elections,” a driver retorted.
The drivers are also incensed at the disregard the government has shown to their concerns.
“We together with the Coalition for Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) wrote a petition to the government proposing measures that can be taken to reduce the fuel prices, up till now government has not even written to us to acknowledge receipt of the petition,”
The angry drivers have therefore given government up till Friday October 6, 2017 to respond to their concerns or face their wrath.
“We can bring this country to a halt if we wanted to; all we need to do is to boycott work for a few days and that would be as efficient as a coup d’état,” one of the drivers stated.