Following a meeting with driver unions on Monday, December 6, President Akufo-Addo directed the Ghana Oil Company (GOIL) to reduce fuel prices by 15 pesewas.
The price cut went into effect on Tuesday morning, with a litre of fuel at Goil now costing 6 cedis 70 pesewas. The cut came after a tense meeting with driver unions, who declared a sit-down strike over fuel prices on Monday.
However, it is unknown how long the reduction will be in effect.
Some commercial drivers in Accra began a sit-down strike Monday morning in protest of the government’s numerous levies and taxes imposed on petroleum products, resulting in an increase in fuel prices.
Many commuters were stranded along the roadside at Gbawe and Mallam in the Weija-Gbawe Municipality, while those who had already boarded commercial vehicles were forced to disembark.
Some GPRTU station officers blocked roads with car tyres and other metallic weapons to prevent loaded commercial vehicles from passing.
The situation led to heated verbal exchanges and a near-fisticuff between station officers and passengers.
The strike was later called off after the President convened a meeting with the leaders of the driver unions in order to find an amicable solution to the strike.