Drivers union across the country has issued an ultimatum to government to reduce fuel prices now or face an industrial action from them.
Fuel prices have been increased at least 7times in the past few weeks and the government through its connection with the leadership of the GPRTU has prevented these drivers from increasing their fares anytime fuel prices goes up.
ASEPA donot only see this as an injustice but a clear attempt by government to stifle the income of commercial drivers and make living hard for them because most of them cannot meet their financial obligations because of the current trend.
Meanwhile,the government in the build up to the 2016 elections promised Ghanaians especially drivers that it will remove the taxes on petroleum and key of those taxes was the energy sector levy which a key member of the then opposition described as criminal.
Today after 9 months in power,the energy sector levy together with 10 other special taxes are still on fuel and the deputy energy minister is telling Ghanaians that the government do not have any control over the hiking fuel prices.
We also want to add our voice to this call to reduce fuel prices,
This is the time the government have to demonstrate to the people of Ghana that it is a listening government.
If the government fails to reduce fuel prices, we also mobilising our people,and joining the drivers union to demonstrate against the government.
We understand the suffering of these drivers as their revenues keeps dwindling by the day due to this indiscriminate increases in fuel prices.
We also understand that if the government doesn’t do anything about this then the drivers will have no option than to push these burden on the unsuspecting public(consumers).
That is why are joining this call,
Government have to look at innovative ways of raising revenue and more prudent ways of meeting its revenue targets rather than relying heavily on the taxes on petroleum because it seem to be the easiest way to raise revenue.
Executive Secretary, ASEPA
Minister of Energy
Chairman- Parliamentary Select Committee on Energy
National Petroleum Authority
Chamber of Petroleum Consumers(COPEC)