Ghanaians not amused by the increase in fuel prices

Ghanaians not amused by the increase in fuel prices

Many Ghanaians appear frustrated by the recent increase in fuel prices and have wasted no time in airing their views on the development.

There had been reports that the price of fuel would imminently go up and, the increase took effect at the pumps on Monday.

Currently, a litre has hit the GHc5 mark, a development which many Ghanaians unhappy about.

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The likes of Shell, GOIL, and other fuel stations are selling a litre for more than GHc5.10, to the surprise of many motorists.

However, some Ghanaians have been talking following the fuel increment. The majority of them took to social media to reveal the frustration about the development.

While some blamed the government for the fuel hikes, others felt it was as a result of the global rise in fuel prices.

One user said: “This Government has no intention to make life hard for the ordinary Ghanaian. The fact that we have reduced fuel price in March 2018 and November 2017, reduced electricity tariffs by 17.5% for residential users and over 30% for industrial users, a reduction in water tariffs by 10% and taking away the burden from parents on payment of fees at SHS and creating an unprecedented number of jobs shows clearly that the Government’s sole intention is to make life better.”

Another said: “It's the change we changed for the change in fuel prices that changed Ghanaians hope in the kind of change we change.”

A third person said: “Leave Akuffo Addo and his people alone, they are only teaching us how to make the right choice when we get another opportunity to do so.”

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One other user added: “When lies win you power, it's only a matter of time before you get exposed.”

Another who sounded rather sarcastic said: “The hikes are timely and delicious. We hope to have more in times coming. A country of majority foolish people deserve this sumptuous meal. Ignorance is no excuse...we bless God for interesting times. Keep it coming; even 10ghc per liter is very manageable.”

Last week, IES Research and Policy Analyst, Mikdad Mohammed in the Institute’s bi-monthly window release had said: “every single indicator IES examined is pointing to an increment in local fuel prices for September 2nd Pricing-window.”

Explaining the factors, Mr Mohammed said average Brent crude price is up by 6.2%; finished products prices have shot up by 1.64% and 5.01% for Gasoline and Gasoil respectively, which portends that an increment is in the offing.

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