Civil servants appeal to government to increase
Wa, June 8, Ghanadot/GNA - Mr.
Godfrey Tuu, the Upper West Regional Secretary of Civil
Servants Association, on Monday appealed to the government
to consider increasing salaries of civil servants with
dispatch to enable them meet the high cost of living as a
result of the 30 percent increase in fuel prices.
“Already, salaries of civil servants are not anything to
write home about and for the government to increase the
price of fuel without corresponding increase in salaries
will have serious repercussions on us”.
Mr. Tuu told the GNA in an interview that civil servants had
started suffering the rippling effects of the increase as
most of them had to pay higher fares to and from their
He also appealed to the government to factor in all the
hardships that the increase was likely to create before
topping up salaries to make workers have some financial
“We are surprised that the government has decided to slap
such an increment on Ghanaians when negotiations on salaries
are on-going. Now that they have increased fuel prices
before new salaries, we only hope that they will take all
the rippling effects of the increase before coming out with
a new salary structure.”
GNA’s interactions with fuel dealers revealed that there
were mixed feelings about the fuel increases.
At two LP Gas filling stations, some customers said although
the increase was too high, the product was comparatively
cheaper than charcoal.
Passengers who spoke to the GNA at the Wa main lorry park
were disappointed at the fuel increase and that it would
impoverish the ordinary people as they would have to pay
more for goods and services.
Mr. Munawara Issahaque described the increase as painful but
necessary and appealed to the government to religiously
adhere to the promise of using money that would have been
used in subsidizing the fuel products into other development
Mr. Nuhu Mahama, Industrial Relations Officer of the Upper
West Regional secretariat of Ghana Private Road Transport
Union, told the GNA that his outfit had set up a committee
to come out with new transport fares.