- Prices of various petroleum products have started going up from Monday, September 2 after the Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) were directed by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) to start applying revised Energy Sector Levies
- Based on the revision petrol would witness a ¢0.20 adjustment, while Diesel would also attract ¢0.20 jump in price per litre
- The NDC as a political party has describe the increase in fuel prices as "insensitive"
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has hit out at the Akufo-Addo government over the recent hike in fuel prices.
The NDC said it is insensitive on the part of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) to increase prices of petroleum products.
This was contained in a statement signed by the party's National Communication Officer, Sammy Gyamfi.
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“It is important to state that any discussion of fuel price hikes at this material moment cannot be divorced from the bad and insensitive policies of President Akufo-Addo," sections of the statement reads.
In June, the Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta announced a proposed increase in Energy Sector Levies Act (ESLA) which charged on petroleum products.
The move, he said, was aimed at ensuring that the government raises more funds to settle legacy debts inherited from the previous administration.
Fast forward, the hike in fuel prices kicked in on Monday, September 2, following an official announcement by the National Petroleum Authority.
To this end, the prices of both petrol and diesel have been increased by GHS0.20 per litre.
This, the NDC finds outrageous and has therefore hit out at the Akufo-Addo government over the recent hike in fuel prices.
The party said the latest increment would result in a negative ripple effect on the prices of goods and services in the country.
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“These latest increases translate into the reality that under this callous and clueless Akufo-Addo government, Ghanaians will now have to purchase a litre of petrol for GHS5.39 and a gallon of same for almost GHS25.00 at the pump. “A noteworthy reminder is a fact that the price of both petrol and diesel was GHS3.6 per litre in January 2017 when President Akufo-Addo and his deceitful New Patriotic Party took office. Today, we are talking about a litre of petrol selling at GHS5.39, an increment of about 50% in just two and half years,” the NDC added.
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