Government Taking Credit For Fuel Reduction; Hypocrisy, Desperation or Arrogance

Events in the country relating to fuel reduction, has brought to the fore the double standard of our politicians.

When things are going well, they take credit for it, when it is obvious in the face available evidence that, it is not their doing, but when things go wrong, they turn around and find factors that are beyond their control to attribute it to.

According to media reports the Deputy Minister of Information, Pius Enam Hadzide, said at a regular Sunday Media briefing that, “Two major recent interventions which we expect will further reduce the legacy burden on Ghanaians are the further drop inflation to 9.3% and an expected further reduction in fuel prices this week”

Whatever may have jolted the deputy minister into action at this material moment is of significant consequences, as the government is gradually getting to the point of telling the good people of this country that, it has failed.

Fuel prices in 2017, the President Akufo-Addo administration assumed the saddle of leadership, went up by over 19.4percent.

The Institute For Energy Security (IES,  warned fuel prices could cross the GhC5 mark in the first window of September and it happened even though the government had absorbed some cost, the increments recorded so far represent about 2.74percent change in price or 0.14 pesewas increment on every litre.

After a consistent increase in both 2017 and 2018, prices go down by 5pesewas and the government wants us to sing for them.

In September The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), appealed for government intervention to help reduce the impact of fuel price hikes on its members.

Speaking to Citi News, the Chairman of GPRTU, Kwame Kumah, said “it is not good for us every day to wake up and hear that the fuel prices have gone up… every day getting up and hearing that fuel is going up; it won’t go well for us.”

He pleaded with government to “do something about it that will help us.”

It is pertinent in our opinion to point out that, the government cannot take credit for this neglible reduction, which has no significant impact on the lives of Ghanaians.

Before coming into office, the NPP described some taxes as nuisance, these include, Special Petroleum Levy, which was introduced in 2014.

They promised to scrap it when voted into power, but what we saw was a reduction from the 17.5 per cent to 15.5percent, representing two percent reduction. They have done a 360 degrees and are taking credit for fuel reduction.

Mr Deputy Minister, tell commercial drivers to reduce lorry fare, if not there is no sense in the reduction, because it will not impact on the fiscal economy.

We believe that, the government should stay clear of taking credit for petroleum price reduction, because the next pricing window, which will see an increment, will be more than the reduction.

 

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