Commuters in Ghana’s capital Accra have complained after a 15% hike in fare prices that came into effect today, saying it would translate into high costs of living.
The increase is part of a deal agreed by transport unions and the government to review fare prices twice a year, between the months of January and June, and only affects private transport companies.
The the last review of fares was done in February 2016.
The unions are defending the increase saying it will cover their rising expenses in buying vehicle spare parts and for maintenance.
Some commuters are however unhappy that President Nana Akufo-Addo’s new government approved the hikes, having won elections in December with pledges to transform the struggling economy and improve the living conditions for Ghanaians.