Since the introduction of social distancing as one of the key measures in ensuring that the coronavirus pandemic does not spread from person to person, commercial drivers popularly known as “trotro” drivers say they have been hard hit as other business.
“Trotros” and other commercial bus drivers by the restriction of imposition have been asked by the President Akufo Addo to reduce the number of passengers in their vehicles.
In a conversation with some trotro drivers in Accra with Newsgogh.com, the drivers say since they were asked to reduce the intake of passengers, it has negatively affected their revenue.
Therefore, they are requesting that government considers them in the distribution of the gh600 million stimulus package yet to be given to hard hit businesses.
“We don’t make much money now, you will work all day and get nothing, for me, I wish government will consider us and give us something. We have heard of the stimulus package, he should give us some” Mensah, a trotro driver told our reporter.
Government is to disburse GHC600 million to over 200,000 Micro, small and medium Enterprises, (MSMEs) from the COVID-19 Alleviation Programme (CAP) of its Business Support Scheme.
In Ghana, the MSMEs make up about 70 percent of the economy.