‘I Don’t Buy Fuel So How Does It Concern Me When Fuel Prices Go Up’ – Minister of Petroleum
A cross section of Ghanaian ‘trotro’ drivers in the capital have threatened to go on an indefinite strike if government does not drastically reduce fuel prices as soon as possible.
This decision by the angry commercial drivers became necessary after the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) announced that fuel prices had been reduced by 2%.
The drivers who are not pleased marched to the Ministry of Petroleum Tuesday afternoon to present their petition to the sector minister. In their petition, the drivers gave the sector minister, Hon. Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, two weeks ultimatum to make sure that fuel prices are cut down or else they would go on an indefinite strike.
To the utmost surprise of the drivers, the minister gave them the green light to embark on the strike. According to Hon. Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, he doesn’t buy fuel so it does not concern him in any way when fuel prices go up. Besides, he wouldn’t lose anything if ‘trotro’ drivers go on strike because he does not use ‘trotro’ for his daily activities.
“Let me tell you one mistake you’re making. Do you think your strike will affect me? Not at all. Ever since I became a minister, I have never been on board a ‘trotro’ before. It’s the ordinary Ghanaian who will suffer from your actions. I don’t buy fuel so what you are saying is even new to me. I always get free fuel so I don’t care whether the prices go up or down. I will urge you to go back to work as soon as possible. Your strike won’t decrease my monthly salary,” the minister said.
He therefore advised the drivers to pay for the fuel prices as they are because when government takes a decision on something, there’s no turning back.