Scrap ‘borla’ tax on fuel price if you love Ghanaians – Sammy Gyamfi to Akufo-Addo

National Communication Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi, has charged the Akufo-Addo government to scrap some taxes on fuel prices in the country.

He noted that Mr Akufo-Addo and his then running mate, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, while seeking power from the people, told Ghanaians that the country had enough resources to bring the change the people needed and pledged to spearhead the massive development drive.

Speaking on Dwaboase about the recent fuel hikes, Gyamfi observed that the current prices of petroleum products is in variant with what they promised Ghanaians.

A litre of diesel hit the 7 cedis mark while petrol at most pumps was sold at 6.99 cedis on Sunday.

The prices of petroleum products have been increasing steadily in the past 6 months– a situation that forced commercial drivers to park their cars in protest in December last year.

Gyamfi, the chief spokesperson for the largest opposition party pointed out that there were some “unnecessary taxes”  on the fuel price build up that need to be scrapped.

He also observed that the inability of the government to stabilize the cedi for the past years was partly to be blamed for the increment in fuel prices, saying Dr Bawumia has not lived up to the task.

He mentioned special petroleum levy, and sanitation (borla) levy as the taxes that should be taken off.

“It is only Akufo-Addo that has placed taxes on fuel prices and added borla tax on it. This tax is useless because the sanitation situation is nothing good to write home about,” Gyamfi told host of Dwaboase, Prince Minkah.

He continued, “the special petroleum levy has outlived it’s usefulness and should be scrapped.”

“There is another tax on the price of fuel known as Price stabilization levy. That gives government revenue to be used to stabilize the price of fuel when the price goes up on t international market,” he said.

“This tax gives the government a minimum of 1.4billion cedis. In 5 years that the Akufo-Addo government has been in power, the government would have accrued over 5 billion cedis in revenue to cushion the people whenever the exchange rate goes up but they haven’t done so while Ghanaians are struggling to buy fuel.

“Dr Bawumia insulted John Mahama that he was incompetent and promised to stabilize the dollar when they are voted to power. He even came to brag that he had arrested the dollar and handed the keys to IGP but today the dollar is 6.7 cedis,” Gyamfi told host Prince Minkah as he argued that the government was insensitive to the plights of Ghanaians.

“He [Bawumia] is the chairman of the economic management team and he should be blamed for the fuel price hikes because if the cedi is not stabilised and the price of crude goes up on the international market, prices will go up here,” he added.



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