Petrol Prices Go Up

TENSION HAS mounted between drivers and fuel station attendants in Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital, over increases in the prices of petroleum products at the weekend.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) government, led by President Mahama, increased the fuel prices over the weekend at a time crude prices had dropped on the world market.

Interestingly, the government introduced strange new taxes on petroleum products after making parliament pass the law, making Ghana fuel prices the highest in Africa and beyond.

The majority NDC in parliament rushed through an emergency Energy Sector Levy Bill (2015) that imposed more taxes on petroleum products. It was introduced on December 21 by the Finance Minister and passed after two days.

Surprisingly, the sharp increase was said to have been done on the quiet by the government without any prior public notice.

One fuel station attendant in Kumasi disclosed to DAILY GUIDE that the price of a gallon of petrol had been increased by over GH¢4.

Petrol, which was being sold at GH¢2.699 or less at most filling stations, is now selling at GH¢3.465 and diesel, GH¢3.281.

This astronomical increase is certainly too much for drivers to bear and this had generated the open confrontation between them and fuel station attendants, with commercial drivers promising to pass on the increments on commuters and passengers.

Some of the drivers that spoke to this paper slammed the NDC administration for not being sensitive to the plight of Ghanaians.

They wondered why the government could increase fuel prices without even informing the public, sensing something fishy.

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi

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