Members of the Kpone Branch of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has organised a sit-down strike over bad nature of roads in the area.
The strike however led to the injury of 3 drivers as the drivers and policemen clashed.
The police in its attempt to disperse the crowd, fired rubber bullet gunshots at them.
This happened during a scuffle with the law enforcement personnel at Kpone in the Eastern Region.
In an interview with Interim Management Committee of the Kpone Drivers Union, Seth Nyarko said the roads from the Tema Oil refinery road, Aluworks, Chase Petroleum through to Kpone were in bad state thus, the protest against bad roads in the area, leading to the injury of some drivers.
He said while the driver were waving placards which read ‘Fix our roads’, some members of the community also joined the action.
According to him, efforts to get the city authorities to fix the roads proved futile.
He said that some drivers spent money to maintain their vehicles, vehicle owners take their cars to a mechanic workshop to repair them.
However according to him, that led to a misunderstanding between the drivers and the police.
“The security men fired runner bullets to disperse the crowd, and in the process, three of our drivers sustained injuries”, he said.
He added that all the three persons were treated and have been discharged.
He disclosed that a meeting has been scheduled to take place between the drivers and the Kpone Assembly to address the problem.
However, calm has been restored and vehicles are back on the road.
By Agnes Melissa Yovo | Talksafrica.com