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Effect of commercial transport strike being felt in parts of Accra.



Effect of commercial transport strike being felt in parts of Accra. 56

The effect of a sit-down strike by a coalition of Commercial Transport Operators has started biting across parts of the capital with hundreds of people stranded at bus terminals and bus stops.

According to a number of social media accounts, the order issued by the Joint Association of Port Transport Unions, (JAPTU) Ghana was being strictly observed by operators much to the inconvenience of passengers.

According to some Eye Witnesses that GhanaWeb spoke to, commercial vehicles are operating normally especially in areas considered as outskirts, whereas the strike is on full-time in other places.

Passengers stranded at Lapaz
Passengers stranded at Lapaz

Photos shared on Twitter show people lined up along the streets at Lapaz, a suburb of Accra, whiles most of the vehicles plying the roads are only private cars and other ride-hailing service providers like Uber and Bolt.

It is reported in other places that commercial transport operators who attempt to ‘smuggle’ passengers are stopped and passengers forced to disembark at mounted roadblocks.

“The commercial drivers strike biting already. Lots of people stranded on the N1 stretch already. Striking drivers also using all means necessary to prevent other vehicles from picking passengers,” journalist and head of Digital Media at Media General Group posted on Twitter.

The reactions are also varied, from persons stressing the need for people to own their private cars to those who are happy that Monday has started with the perfect excuse to not go to work.

Below are some reactions from social media;