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Transport fares to increase by 19% from Saturday – GPRTU

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Transport fares to increase by 19% from Saturday  – GPRTU

The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has announced that, as of October 29, transportation costs will increase by 19%.

The recent increases in fuel prices, along with the raging inflation and the ongoing devaluation of the Cedi, are to blame for the increase, according to Godfred Abulbire, general secretary of the union.

He said that the Union will publish a statement later today to alert commuters of the most recent fare adjustments during an interview on the AM Show on Wednesday.

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He claimed that following lengthy negotiations with President Akufo-Addo and other national transport companies, the Union had decided on the 19% increase.

Mr. Abulbire added that despite having justification for raising the price, his organization had heeded the President’s request to change the proposed 49%.

He explained the increase by saying, “An appropriate amount to ask for would have been approximately 49%. However, in light of the economic climate, we were forced to scale down to 25%, then to 20%, and finally to 1612% [from the Minister] yesterday.

After talking with him, the President declared that everything we were stating was true. And that he is aware of all that is there. But taking a closer look, the instant that prices increase, it [affects] a lot of things, he said.

The President asked us to reexamine our choice and see if we could accept the 16% that the Minister had provided, the GPRTU General Secretary said. But we asserted that this was actually problematic. The conference came to an end when everyone decided to accept a 19% reduction and take off 1%.

“We stated the 20% was just still something to think about… We consequently concurred and decided to waive that 1%. We’ll be releasing a communiqué today, and it will go into effect on this coming Saturday, October 29,” he continued.

The GPRTU’s raise comes when many Ghanaians are already feeling the effects of the system’s difficulty.

Many people are pleading with the government to take action right away to ease their suffering.

Martin Kpebu, a private attorney, has meantime urged people to turn out in large numbers for a protest against the Akufo-Addo government.

On November 5, at 7 am, a demonstration is scheduled at the Obra Spot in the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange (Circle).

The protest is intended to force President Akufo-Addo to step down from his position as head of state, the openly critical of the administration wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

He claims that the exercise will be a recreation of the famous 1995 “Kumi Pre Ko” march against the then-Rawlings administration, in which Akufo-Addo took the lead.

He asked people to support the initiative while expressing sympathy for a guy who allegedly committed himself at Kasoa Galilea as a result of the country’s economic hardship.

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Ghanaian Business Mogul Allegedly M*rdered In South Africa

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Intel from a reliable source stated that a 48 year old Ghanaian businessman, Newton Kwaku Boateng, who is based in South Africa has been allegedly poisoned to death by his South African wife in SA a week ago.

Mr. Newton who recently had scuffles with his wife had reported her to his family in Ghana, and even threatened divorce. Suspecting foul play, Boateng’s family have expressed their displeasure and despair at the death of their relative. They believe without doubt that indeed, their relative was poisoned by his wife.

Mr. Godwin Attipoe who spoke on behalf of Newton’s Family in Ghana said “We are so devastated. We are so angry. We are so heartbroken.”

He hinted that after the death of the beloved brother, a case of inquest was opened in Kempton Park, South African Police Service in Gauteng Province, South Africa, adding that “Kempton Park is a City which is based in Gauteng Province”.


Godwin Attipoe claimed they suspect corruption and cover up of the murder of Newton Kwaku Boateng by Kempton Park police station which he claimed is working closely with the wife of the deceased Alinah Mahlangu. Why? Their inquest for an autopsy be done on the victim is being denied by the police service in SA.

An emotional Godwin had to pause speaking as he started weeping, triggering cries among his other family members who were with him.
He further revealed that South African police say they are investigating and awaiting autopsy results after the body with foam in his mouth was found.

He however said “We are giving the South Africa police the authority and power of attorney to order an autopsy on Newton Boateng who died on March 2, 2023”.

He appealed to the Ghana Embassy in South Africa to assist the family to supervise the autopsy on the deceased, which his wife is resisting, adding that the wife of the deceased has not been authorized to represent the family on the issue.

More developing on the issue. Watch this space.

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Abena Odo Donates Items To The ‘Reconstructive Plastic Surgery And Burns Centre’ Unit Of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital

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Social media influencer and philanthropist, Abena Odo through her non profit organization “Abena Odo Foundation” has donated items to the ‘Reconstructive Plastic Surgery & Burns Centre’ unit of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, ahead of the yuletide holidays. It was the influencer’s wish to celebrate the Christmas with the sick and and afflicted.

 

The items presented were packs of toiletries, dispensaries, drinks, water, food and some undisclosed amount of money. The team was warmly welcomed by management or the unit and thanked them for such benevolence done themselves. The food/drinks were shared on the spot to the sick and hurt.

 

Abena Odo in an interview with KTV at the premises explained that she set up her “Abena Odo Foundation” to aid people (expecially young ones) who are devastatingly burnt by fire or heat and who cannot afford to foot their bills. Also, her foundation assists alland pays bills for nursing mothers who are left to sleep on the bare floor after delivery because they cannot afford to pay for their bills. She further asserted that her passion towards this quest was activated when sometime back she visited a friend of hers in a hospital and found a nursing mother on the floor with a fresh set of twins. She said it literally broke her heart, hence she set up the foundation.

 

After barely two years in existence, “Abena Odo Foundation” has supported and paid bills and of burned patients and freshly delivered mothers who find it difficult to pay their bills. The ‘Reconstructive Plastic Surgery & Burns Centre’ unit of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, confirmed that it was Abena’s second time coming to donate items to them.

Abena Odo at the end, solicited for more hands to be on deck to help these victims because she could not do it all alone.

Watch snippets of the donation from below.

Contact Abena Odo Foundation by this Mobile money for further enquiries and sponsorship – 0593324910.

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