Business News of Tuesday, 12 March 2013
Source: Daily Guide
Taxi drivers in Ashante Regional capital-Kumasi, who use gas for their operations, virtually cannot make profit for their car owners as a result of the shortage of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in recent times.
The cars of these commercial drivers have been parked at the various LPG stations in the Garden city. Kwaku Boateng, a worried taxi driver, said his car has been at the fuel station for almost three days.
He said the gas stations are running out of stock since some few fortunate drivers have been served. Boateng said the shortage of gas was negatively affecting their operations, stressing that they usually spend the entire day at the gas stations.
He said his car owner had become furious because of the situation, adding, “My boss insists I get gas at all cost. “I have not been able to operate for about three days due to the shortage of gas, Yaw Gyamfi, another driver stated. Though my car owner seems to understand the situation, I am struggling to feed my family.
My car is stuck in this long queue and I am searching for gas,” he said. Gyamfi noted that economic activities were dwindling in the country and urged the government to resolve the problems. If nothing at all, the government should ensure access to LPG to reduce the burden of drivers".
Most residents, who use gas domestically, are also complaining about the scarcity of gas. Afia Fofie, a resident of Krofrom, said, “I currently buy food outside for my family due to the gas shortage.
“Buying food outside to feed my family of four is too expensive for me, but I have no other option," she said.