Some commercial drivers in the Ashanti Region have expressed their displeasure over hikes in the price of fuel.
Their concerns come after some Oil Marketing Companies adjusted fuel prices upward at the pumps, following the implementation of some taxes and levies introduced in the 2021 National Budget by the National Petroleum Authority.
Prices of petrol and diesel have seen marginal increases in recent months. The current price of petrol at the pump is GHS6.13 per litre, up from GHS 5.74.
One driver told JoyNews that, “things are not going well, the fuel prices up yet we are not getting a lot of passengers we have to wait for hours before we can find one or two people.
Another driver added that “the fuel prices have increased yet we are not getting a lot of passengers we have to wait for hours before we can find one or two people”.
They, therefore, urged government to intervene and find a solution to the continuous surge in the price of fuel.
Meanwhile, the Chief Executive of the Association of Oil Marketing Companies, Kweku Agyeman Duah in an interview with Joy Business said the players in the industry don’t have any other option than to comply with these measures.
“These are genuine tax and levy measures introduced by the government that comes into full force. For us as collectors, we need to make sure that we collect fully for the state, so we price accordingly.”
“There are some portions of the levies or taxes which should be approved by the government and there are some margins too you don’t need parliamentary approval and that’s managed by the NPA. They [NPA] looked at it and did it themselves,” he emphasized.