-The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) is asking Prez Akufo Addo to urgently reduce fuel prices
-The group argues that the ‘Free SHS’ policy is not as important as fuel so government must forget that and reduce taxes on petroleum products
-COPEC has warned that failure by the President to comply would make him lose the next election
Ghanaian drivers have sounded a word of caution to President Akufo Addo to reduce fuel prices.
The drivers participated in a demonstration organized by the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) and the Commercial Workers Union (ICU) on Wednesday.
According to the drivers, President Akufo-Addo should choose between reducing taxes of petroleum products and losing the 2020 elections.
The demonstration was aimed at pressuring the government to reduce taxes on petroleum products.
Earlier this week, the National Petroleum Authority announced a 1.08% increase in fuel prices, but the drivers believe that was too harsh, especially since transport prices are being maintained.
They wielded placards with inscriptions such as; “2016;14.80p, 2018;22.00p WHY”, “Drivers y’anu yeho” (meaning drivers have regretted voting for the NPP.), “Mr President listen to drivers”, “Stop the galamseying in our pocket”, “88% taxes is too much” among others.
The aggrieved drivers were speaking with Ghanaweb during the demonstration.
They revealed that the current rise in fuel prices is adversely affecting their profit making and pockets.
Consequently, they are not able to properly take care of their homes and families.
According to the drivers, it is about time government stops praising itself for implementing the ‘Free Senior High School’ policy and concentrate on fixing the ailing economy of the country.
“Free education does not buy us fuel or food, so the government must fulfill its promise and take the GH¢8 tax off fuel prices instead of adding on to it because they told us before coming into power that it was a useless tax,” a driver said.
The drivers suggested that if the fuel prices won’t be reduced then they should be allowed to increase transport fares, so all Ghanaians will feel the pains of the fuel increment.
They threatened to vote out the NPP government in the next elections if their grievances are not addressed.
But the National Patroleum Authority (NPA) has condemned the demonstration, saying the increment is “just 1.08%.”
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