Fuel price increase: AFAG calls for ‘Kumepreko’ response.
Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) has expressed shock at what it describes as “the unconscionable attitude of the National Petroleum Authority and the NDC government in the midst of Ghana’s worst economic performance under John Mahama.”
According to AFAG, it considered the recent increase in fuel prices as unrealistic and politically incorrect.
A statement issued by the group said in the wake of the current precarious and deplorable economic situation of the Ghanaian, it makes no sense to further impoverish them with excessive taxation on goods and services.
“This is especially so as the welfare system (eg school feeding programme, capitation grant, LEAP etc.) is in limbo, leaving no room for socio-economic cushioning of the Ghanaian,” it stated.
This fuel price increase, AFAG stated, was not good news for businesses.
“It is a double jeopardy to businesses as they are already burdened with high capital expenditure on generator purchases, maintenance and operational cost vis-a-vis dumsor, the AFAG statement added.
It, therefore, blamed President Mahama for his lack of understanding of economic management, which had put him at the receiving end of the harsh dictates of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
This new fuel price increase is an IMF-inspired decision, AFAG’s statement indicated and said such economic practices could hurt the moral fibre of the country.
The AFAG statement pointed out that lately robbery, prostitution, slum development, teenage pregnancy and institutional corruption had been on the ascendancy and said, “It will be of great good to the Ghanaian, if the President would sit up and work since there is much hopelessness in the system.”
AFAG called for all political pressure groups and civil society organisation to join forces in organising a three-day picketing, appropriately dubbed “Kumepreko”, to press home the need for improved economic conditions for Ghanaians.