The Minority in Parliament has called on the government to immediately review and scrap the taxes on petroleum products, which, they argue, have caused unbearable hikes in the price of fuel over the years.
Addressing the media on Tuesday, 26 October 2021, the minority spokesperson on mines and energy, Mr John Jinapor, disclosed that “within a spate of just one year, fuel prices have risen from GHS4.77 per litre to GHS6.8 per litre representing a whopping 43% increment under this insensitive government. These astronomical increases have resulted in untold hardship which is threatening lives of ordinary Ghanaians.”
He said “The Minority has equally taken notice of the lame and flimsy excuse from government and its communicators that they cannot do much to cushion Ghanaians because in their own words ‘they do not control the world market price of crude’. What they have failed to inform Ghanaians about is that the devaluation of the cedi is a major contributor to these astronomical increases.”
Mr Jinapor noted that the Minority “completely and flatly rejects these lame excuses from government”, adding: “The question we seek an answer to is ‘since when did the current NPP government led by President Akufo-Addo and Dr Mahamudu Bawumia realise that government had no control over world market prices?”
He added that the Minority will not countenance any further tax increases or the imposition of new ones.