Sunday, January 9, 2011

About The Petrol Price Increase

                                     BRIGHT KYERE (POKUASE)
Many people are not happy with the recent increment in the price of petroleum products for the reason that it has rendered the GHC5 note absolutely useless. One can no longer buy a gallon of petrol with that money. Not long ago a gallon of petrol was selling at GHC5.25p but now you have to buy that same gallon at GHC6.84p Currently, the difference in the price of a drum of diesel is GHC 80 compared to the previous price and I think that this is just too much. My position has always been that the government must not allow the NPA (National Petroleum Authority) alone to determine the price of fuel because they would always be blamed and would suffer the consequences.”


                                     PHILIP DZAMENU (POKUASE)
As you are very much aware, a gallon of petrol is 4.5 liters and when you do a proper calculation in comparison with the old per liter price you would get GHC 5.25p, for now per liter price is 1.521and when you calculate with the 4.5 liters it would give you GHC6.84p, which means that the quantity is the same but the money needed to buy that same liters of petrol has gone up. I think this is marginal and not monumental and most importantly I have no doubt that under the leadership of the President, the revenue which would accrue from this increment would go towards making Ghana a better place for all and most especially the coming generation.”


                                    STEPHEN BOAMAH (POKUASE)
I must express my disappointment in the government for sitting down and allowing the petroleum authorities to rob the people of this country in broad-day- light. Why at all do we go and vote for these so called politicians who only come and worsen the plight of the suffering people. For some time now everyone was singing praises of this government because they believed it has stabilized the rate at which commodities on the market were always rising. I can say with all certainty that this increment would deal a big blow to that goodwill the people have had for this administration. Why all this suffering?”


                                     SHADRACH AVEJI (POKUASE)
My brother, this increment in fuel is welcoming and I am not surprised everyone has accepted it in good faith.  All hands are not equal and as we are always in a hurry to compare with Malaysia, Dubai, Paris and others, we must know there are sacrifices we have to make so we can be like them. Look around the country and see for yourself the major infrastructural developments that are taking place. It takes money to do all that and I would not hesitate to hand over my last GHC 1 to Professor Mills because he would not use my money to entice women in order to take possession of their womanhood nor go gallivanting the globe visiting friends and conducting dubious deals. Nobody is happy about making sacrifices because it would certainly take all of that delicious meat from your soup, but if you do not do that, you can never put a roof over your head.”


                                      MARK ASARE (POKUASE)
The fact of the matter is that if one did a comparative analysis of the price of crude on the international market compared to the new prices which reflects an increase of the product, you would come to the conclusion that the price change is absolutely illogical. My frustration also stems from the fact that this current administration had a firm position when it came to the policy surrounding energy production and distribution in this country. I believe what informed that position had to do with their participation in the campaign waged against the NPP for petrol price increases. So what has happened? The excuses they have given for what has been done are not different from that of NPP. They must begin to give meaning to the recognition we give them as men of exceptional knowledge which must lead towards finding solution to the many problems of our society. If this is what they are telling us then there would be no need to vote for parties in elections when they cannot work towards making life bearable for the people?


                                      GIDEON TETTEH (POKUASE)
I believe the lesson this current administration must learn from the public outburst following the fuel price increases is that the management and the regulation of that sector must not be left for the National Petroleum Authority. Given the fact that energy plays a crucial role in the life of a developing country we need to have a unique policy which must regulate the sector. Many people are so sad and dejected about this recent increase given the progress made by this administration especially over the year by bringing relief to the people. I want to call on the President to immediately take steps to reduce the margins on this recent increment.”


                                       DOE AMUZU (POKUASE)
I am finding it difficult to accept this price increases for the reason that as of now we have a lot of the product in the system and there are no signs of  shortages in the near future and in fact the crude we import into the country has increased drastically so what can be the reason we are increasing the price of this product. If it is all about raising revenue, I believe there are so many we can do that. In this country we do know for a fact that many companies making super-profits are not paying taxes to the revenue agencies. Consider the huge subsidies we are giving to these gold mining companies and let anyone tell me there can be any justification for imposing such hardship on the people. Why must the rather poor people always pay for the survival and the comfort of the rich in our society?
 I am a sprayer and I currently have three kids all of school going age so can you imagine what the picture would be like as schools have re-opened. I use sikkens Auto Base in spraying cars and a gallon of that is GHC 45 and with this increases I must expect an increase in the price of this paint. I urge President Mills to put his foot down and come to the rescue of the Ghanaian people else these so called technocrats and intellectual are going to wreck havoc.


                                   ARYEETEY ANTHONY (POKUASE)
My biggest worry is that in this country, the price of goods and services shoots up whenever there is an increment in the price of fuel, and true that is what holds the engine of everything we undertake. Our leaders know this very well and they keep relying on fuel in raising revenue. To be candid, I must say that we are losing hope in the political structure of this country because they do not reward us for the sacrifices we make towards bringing them to power. As of now there is no definite intervention on the part of government towards industrializing this country so why all this punishment when the majority is not employed and are not able to make ends meet. I am very sure Professor Mills was not informed about this else this increment would not have happened, I therefore expect that sooner than later he is going to ask for a reduction on the margins”

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