BY PHILIP ANTOH
THE CHAIRMAN of the Ghana Private Road and Transport Union (GPRTU), Mr Kwame Kuma, has hinted that the Union will no longer allow preachers on their vehicles until further notice.
He explained that some of the preachers, like some other humans, spew spits on passengers, something which is a potential source of spreading the dreaded coronavirus.
He advised all passengers using public and commercial transport in the country to stop doing political arguments on vehicles, saying all are measures being adopted to control the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
According to Mr Kuma, some Ghanaians have the habit of engaging in unnecessary arguments about politics and football on commercial transport and by that means saliva is spread from one person to another.
He said “my advice to passengers is that they should stop engaging in unnecessary arguments and debate when they are in commercial transport and rather have them when they go home.”
Speaking on Morning Starr show with Francis Abban, Mr Kuma said GPRTU would also stop all those who mount public transport to sell manner of local medicine.
He asked the commercial drivers to offer passengers hand sanitisers for short-distance journeys to protect themselves and the passenger while long-distance drivers should provide soap and water in addition.
He revealed that the Union supported all the directives issued by the government and would meet tomorrow to educate their members on how to enforce the directives.
He added that after tomorrow’s meeting, GPRTU would visit the various transport unions to ensure strict enforcement of these directives issued.
However, observation made by DAILY HERITAGE yesterday morning indicated that some commercial vehicle drivers were yet to use sanitisers and other measures.
Ghana announced two suspected cases of coronavirus last Thursday March 12, 2020 but as of yesterday, March 16, the cases had risen to six confirmed cases leading to the shutdown of basic and secondary schools as well as universities and other tertiary institutions.