According to the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), they vow to strictly enforce the wearing of nose masks at bus terminals and in commercial vehicles.
The GPRTU has, therefore, instructed station masters at various lorry stations to forbid passengers without a nose mask to board vehicles henceforth.
This follows a call by President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on transport owners to stringently ensure that the COVID-19 protocols are observed at all bus terminals and in commercial transport services.
In an interview on an Accra-based FM station, on Monday 18 January, Nana Nimakoh Bresiama , the National Chairman of GPRTU indicated that any driver or mate who fails to wear the nose mask and as well compel passengers to do the same will be punished.
According to him, any recalcitrant commercial driver who fails to comply would have his car impounded and made to face the wrath of GPRTU.
“It is compulsory for commercial drivers and mates to wear nose masks henceforth and any driver who fails to adhere to these directives would have the car impounded”.
“We are meeting today to release a statement to this effect and it would compel drivers of the public transport service and the general public to respect and observe the COVID-19 safety protocols,” he reiterated.
Nana Nimakoh also said that GPRTU is going to provide veronica buckets, liquid soaps, tissues and sanitizers at all lorry stations and every passenger would be compelled to wash the hands before boarding the vehicle.
He expressed fret over the resurgence in COVID-19 cases in Ghana stressing that Ghana shouldn’t have come to this level where the President would instruct the security to arrest people without nose masks but are found in public places.