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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Gov’t denies reducing transport fares

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By Momodou Justice Darboe

The Ministry of Works has strenuously denied claims that government has unilaterally reduced transport fares across the country.

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The Gambia Trade Union Congress made these allegations Tuesday and called on commercial drivers to embark upon a general strike until government rescinds what it called its ‘unilateral’ decision to reduce transport fares.

But in a rather swift and terse reaction to news of the alleged tariff reduction, Mod K Ceesay, permanent secretary, Ministry of Transport, told The Standard that there was no such thing and the whole issue was just a storm in a teacup.

“Let me tell you that there is no price reduction or any price increase. The existing approved tariff is what is maintained during the period of emergency. I think I cannot be clearer than that. Sometimes we make too much noise about nothing,” he said.

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