Barring any unforeseen circumstance, fuel shortages will hit Ghana in the coming days as tanker drivers across the country begin withdrawal of services effective Monday, September 24, 2018.
The over 4,000 drivers claim they will park their tankers until the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) address concerns relating to their working conditions and welfare.
if their action is taken, transportation of petroleum products will seize.
The Chairman of Ghana National Petroleum Tanker Drivers Union, George Nyaunu explained that they [tanker drivers] are fed up with NPA.
“Enough is enough. We are no longer slaves to deserve this kind of treatment meted out to us. We are putting down our tools to see whether petroleum products will be carried across the country”, he warned. According to the tanker drivers, what will take place could be the biggest strike ever.
“It will be in the interest of NPA to address our concerns. What will happen on Monday [September 24, 2018] will have a big repercussion on the country?”
The Vice Chairman of Ghana National Petroleum Tanker Drivers Union, Sunday Alabi said with their situation, the government is losing in the area of tax.
“Despite signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed last year, NPA is not playing its role as a regulator. Transporters (tanker owners) decide how much to pay us and this is even not done through the bank,” Alabi revealed.