Since Sunday, when the 9 percent fuel increment was announced, the government have not had breathing space, as many Ghanaians, including the offshore Presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has had a go at the government.
In far away Germany, Nana Addo, described the government as being insensitive to the plight of Ghanaians, we humbly disagree with the opposition leader.
We do not know the rationale for the increment, except to say whatever the government does; it does so with every good intention.
Nine percent is only a marginal increase and the difference will not be noticed or felt by consumers. Government has also taken steps to prevent the travelling
public from bearing the burden of the increment.
The Ghana Private Road and Transport Union (GPRTU), has prevailed on it members not to increase fares. Every possible scenario was considered before the increment.
One thing Ghanaians and especially those against any increment in petroleum prices have not addressed their minds to, is the fact that, government is the biggest consumer of petroleum products.
Any increment, no matter the percentage or amount government needs to dig deep into its coffers to be able to run the machinery of government.
Every government agency or institution gets coupons that are giving to the staff either on weekly basis or for assignment outside of their jurisdiction.
Government is also a consumer like all of us, so will not deliberately take decisions that will come back to hurt it.
We want development; we must be prepared to sacrifice a little, we cannot expect our bi-lateral and multi-lateral to always come to our aid, even if we want to provide public toilet for our people.
The increment in monetary terms is only 28 pesewas, we do not need to waste the little time that we have for other productive discussions on this.
Comparative to most of our neighboring countries, we pay less for fuel, we urge all to bear with government and not unduly take advantage of the increment.
Businesses are making too much artificial profits; we cheat each other, because fuel has been increased or the Cedi is depreciating. We always find an excuse to steal from our own people, only to turn back and blame the government.