Driver group- Concern Drivers Association has bemoaned the incessant fuel price hikes in the country, saying the government has failed to listen to the suggestions of commercial drivers.
The price of a litre of fuel on Sunday crossed the GH¢ 7 mark for the first time at some pumps across the country.
Fuel prices per litre stayed at around Gh¢6.50 on average for a few weeks, and then rose to reach an average of Gh¢6.70 at most pumps in the past week alone.
As of the evening of Sunday, January 16, 2022, checks showed that while a litre of petrol and diesel was going for Gh¢ 6.50 at Goil, Shell was selling both at GH¢ 6.80.
Total, however, was selling a litre of petrol at GH¢6.99 and a litre of diesel at GH¢7.05.
Reacting to the new development, Paa Willie stated that even before the current increment, they had planned to increase their fares this week and insisted they will increase it.
“We have suspended the increment because the leadership of GPRTU called us to suspend it and come together to announce new fares,” Willie told Pomaa Kyekyeku on Dwaboase on TV XYZ Monday.
Justifying the need to increase their fares by 40%, he stated, “We increased lorry fare in May last year. Although we did not like that amount, we had to deal with it. last year engine at GOIL was GHS 65 but today it is GHS 110. How do we pay for all these?”
“When we brought a statement to increase lorry fare last week, we had many calls from radio stations and other stakeholders but the government did not bother to contact us. What it means is that the government does not respect…We help in the economic growth of this country but it looks like this government does not care for us,” he added.
Paa Willie said when they met the Chief of Staff, Madam Frema Osei Opare, last year she assured them of a reduction in petroleum prices before Christmas but they have not heard anything from anyone.
The IES last week projected that on the back of the 7.42% increase in the price of Brent Crude, the 9.46% increase in the price of Gasoline, the 8.52% increase in Gasoil price and the 0.3% depreciation of the local currency against the US Dollar in the first 2 weeks of January, fuel prices in Ghana may hit GH¢7 soon.
But the driver groups have asked the government to scrap some taxes on the fuel price to give Ghanaians some breathing space.
“When increase fares by 40% now, Ghanaians will feel the heat and this country will be unbearable for the people,” Willie said. “This is why the government must be interested in our appeal.”