Gambia National Trade Union Congress Urges Government to Reduce Fuel Price

The Gambia National Trade Union Congress wants the Gambia government to reduce the price of fuel to avoid commotion between drivers and passengers.

They said since the start of the pandemic, the drivers have been struggling.

The Secretary of the union said they have agreed to the presidential directive to reduce the number of passengers, but that the reduction of the price of fuel is very minimal.

"This will make it very difficult for drivers to gain their cost of fuel," he said.

He said some drivers are not driving because their bosses took the vehicles from them believing that they will not earn anything.

Amadou Bah Secretary of the union said on Monday morning, they received information that many vehicles were parked and drivers taken to court.

Mr. Bah said there had been no consultation from any government official concerning the price differences in transport fares.

Abdoulie Touray President of the Drivers Transport Union said they are confused because they have met with the Ministry of Trade and they told them that the government will reduce fares.

"We have seen that only D1 has been reduced from each liter and transport fare remains the same," he said.

He said drivers are finding it difficult to maintenance their vehicles owing to their low earnings. He said these vehicles owners are out to make profit and that the current situation is not favouring them.

Mr. Touray said they support whatever the government said, but that the government should do justice to the drivers as well.

See What Everyone is Watching

More From: Foroyaa

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.