Residents of Afigya Kwabre North District have vehemently expressed their displeasure at transport fare hikes by the assembly.
A letter signed by the District Coordinating Director, Mr. Francis Asokwa Sarpong, dated 11th May, 2020, noted that new transport fares have been itemized.
According to the letter, the assembly had issued directives to some taxi stations within the District to increase their fares to some towns within the area with effect from Tuesday, 12th May 2020. The areas include Nkwatakese, Akom, Denase, Esaase and Pampatia all within the District.
Speaking on Adekyee mu nsem on Akoma fM, some residents threatened to mount barriers on roads leading to these areas which have been affected by the hike.
They said the move by the assembly came to them as a surprise and quizzed whether they are living on an island.
“We are going to block our roads to stop those taxis from entering our land should the assembly refuse to withdrawal the directive. The president assured us of no increment in fares when he made the declaration that drivers should reduce the number of passengers.
“Besides fuel prices have been reduced drastically so the assembly is being wicked to us. We are giving the assembly up to Monday to rescind the decision else the action will commence,” Godfred, a resident summed up their displeasure when he engaged host of the programme Marfo John popularly known as Sir John.
Responding to the issue, the Presiding Member for the area, Nana Boakye Yam Ababio called for calm, noting that the Coordinating Director is being engaged to reverse the decision.
Even though he declined knowledge of the communique, he said he has contacted the Coordinating Director about the issue upon receiving the letter and was optimistic that things will change before the week ends.
Efforts by the Morning Show desk to reach the District Chief Executive for clarity have proven futile at the time of filling this report.
By Evans Nkum | Akoma FM | 3news.com