The OccupyGhana pressure group has asked government to reverse the increase in petroleum prices.
The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) over the weekend announced 9% increase in some petroleum products.
The opposition New Patriotic Party, the Trades Union Congress among other groups have described the increment as “insensitive” in the face of the chronic power problems in the country.
According to OccupyGhana, the upward adjustment must be resisted by all Ghanaians, adding there must be no increment until ‘dumsor’ –power shortages – are resolved completely.
“OccupyGhana has noted with grave concern the 9% increase in fuel prices, barely 24 hours after the #dumsormuststop vigil led by some celebrities. OccupyGhana categorically rejects this tax imposition in the face of the aggravated economic malaise supervised and imposed on the ordinary Ghanaian,” a statement from the pressure group said.
“We do not recall any reasonable official explanation for the failure of government to pass on a significant amount of the 50% fall in global price of crude to the consumer.
“A 10% reduction was effected by government albeit grudgingly, and we have still not been told how much savings government made off a rather illicit blessing to reduce its so called forex losses and debts to oil importers.