Gallant Soldiers Cadres a subsidiary under the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is calling on the ruling party NPP to as a matter of urgency withdraw the 100% increment of the Petroleum Products.
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The Gallant Soldiers Cadres Of NDC believe the Increment in the Petroleum Products by the Nana Akufo Addo led government smacks off insensitivity and wickedness on the part of the Nana Akufo Addo ‘s government and this increase is unacceptable and complete wickedness.
Gallant Soldiers Cadres Of NDC registers its protest against the 100% increase in the petroleum products Petrol, Diesel Kerosene, etc on consumers at these very difficult times and accordingly call on the government of Nana Akufo Addo to withdraw the new Increment now.
It would be recalled that not too long ago, the president, Nana Addo, announced some reduction in the electricity bills for Ghanaians.
Now, barely a month after announcing a 50% reduction on Electricity consumption for a duration of 3 months using March Benchmark consumption figures, the Akuffo-Addo led government has turned around to introduce additional burden on the already impoverished Ghanaian by the introduction of 3 different but new taxes on Electricity Consumers a 2.5 % NHIL levy, 2.5% Getfund levy and 12.5% VAT
By a letter dated 29th May 2020, the National Petroleum Authority directs the BOST, and for that matter filling stations to commence Charging the new Price Build Up of petroleum products effective 1st June 2020.
The letter states ” This is in line with a decision taken by Cabinet and communicated to the National Petroleum Authority, NPA, by the Ministry of Energy, 29th May 2020.”
Petrol is moving from gh3 to GH 6, Diesel from gh 3 to gh 6, Kerosene Mines also from gh 3 to gh 6.
Respectively the NPA has revised template for the computation and onward submission of ex_pump prices by 100 % increases.
This latest Directive and development is not only insensitive and inhumane on the part of this Government but a complete betrayal of the trust of the People Ghana.
Ghanaians were promised of Taxation to Production Economy 3 years ago. However,
from all indications, the Economic Management team under Dr. Mahmoud Bawumia has run out of ideas and hence resorting to such draconian and egregious policies that are inimical to the already impoverished taxpayers under this Government.
With COVID’19 impacts on the economic and social life of Ghanaians the mass unemployment coupled with the loss of jobs, laying off workers, cutting down pay, it would be insensitive for Nana Akufo Addo to visit taxes on Ghanaians.
You cannot claim to have given the Ghanaian people a 3 months 50% tariff waiver and within the same time add on new taxes. This is absolutely insensitive and abhorring.
The Akuffo-Addo Government must, with immediate effect withdraw this obnoxious policy or face the wrath of the ordinary Ghanaian who has tolerated the harsh policies of this Government for far too long.
The government should not take the sustained tolerance of the people of Ghana as weakness and ignorance
This is pure deception and robbery
Chairman :Mr Elikem Kotoko
Cc :Mr Richard Ashley
PRO :Richard E A Sarpong, Father Casford, PRO. 0241906363