Despite the directives by the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) since October 2009 forbidding pastors and herbalists to preach and sell drugs in moving commercial vehicles, the practice is ongoing. This is in spite of possible sanctions instituted by the GPRTU to suspend offending drivers.
Gijonlinenews.com can confirm that the practice is still prevalent in most buses plying between Kasoa and Circle. An early morning ride in most of the buses revealed that some drivers still permit preachers and sellers to ply their trade while the vehicle was moving.
Speaking to gijonlinenews, some passengers complained about the consistent nuisance of preachers and sellers. They further complained of the noise and disturbance of these people to their early morning journeys. Some of them suggested that the Food and Drugs Board must even check the legality of their license and the quality of drugs they sell in various commercial vehicles. “Who made them doctors? And one medicine can cure like nine diseases, who does that? This is not done anywhere” a woman said. Some of the passengers questioned the motives of some preachers. They complained that most of the preachers were in the buses not to preach the word of God but to make money.
In a recent news report by the chronicle newspaper, GPRTU acknowledges that the practice of preaching and selling in moving vehicles deprives passengers of their right to privacy.
The public is urged to co-operate with the union by noting and reporting vehicles in which such practices persist.
Story by: Abena Akyaa Abrokwah 300JNC
Elizabeth Abbam 300PRB