*LIFE CHECK SERIES* HIKE IN TRANSPORTATION FARE: THE VICISSITUDE OF THE GHANAIAN.

*LIFE CHECK SERIES*
HIKE IN TRANSPORTATION FARE: THE VICISSITUDE OF THE GHANAIAN.

It is weird to stomach the fact that transportation fares have been increased by 15%. Isn't it paradoxical to experience this not because we are in abnormal times, but in a country that offers relief packages to her citizenry in COVID-19-ravaging moments?

This conundrum is but a vicious way of further widening the already existing gap between the wealthy and the pauper. Believe it or not, some companies and/or organisations are faced with downturn tendencies, thus laying off workers and even closing down the companies.

 COCOBOD made its closure known a couple of days ago owing to the exponential increase in COVID-19 figures which caught some of their staff members in the web (source: citinewsroom.com). How do workers with similar plight cope with the daily sustenance and upkeep of family life coupled with hike in rates?

Duty-bearers ought to know as well that a chunk of the masses owe their source of livelihoods to menial jobs which have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 menace. In extreme cases, some private business have come to a standstill owing to COVID-19 and its ripple effect. What possible logic does it make when you offer relief packages to your citizens only to hike rates?

Objectively, is it on the basis of fairness to slap and suffocate the distressed citizens whose businesses are on the verge of collapse with increased charges and prices? This should be the last thing to cross our minds in these turbulent times.

Well, government employees may hold a contrary view of my argument. However, the plight of those with the private sector/business/enterprise is perfectly fit into the foregoing narrative. Most private schools and companies could not pay their workers during the lockdown and ban on social gathering. This is the time to gather the pieces of their lives back only to be met with another misery? .

Duty-bearers and government are hereby advised to reconsider and rescind their decision of compounding the vicissitudes of the ordinary Ghanaian if they cannot be alleviated (especially in these distressed times).
Any increment in rates portends dire implications and consequences on the labour contracts.
This is our plea!

Written by A.A. Abatanie.

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