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17.01.2021 Oil and Gas

Devise measures to curb fuel price increment  – COPEC to gov't

Devise measures to curb fuel price increment  – COPEC to gov't
LISTEN JAN 17, 2021

Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) has asked government to introduce measures to stop the increase in fuel prices.

According to the Chamber, fuel prices have shot up from Ghc 4.670 to Ghc 5.10 per litre within the spate of a month.

The Chamber said although these increases cannot be directly attributed to a deliberate governmental action, authorities have a responsibility to put in place measures to forestall them.

It also called for a “clear, effective, national petroleum price sustainability programme” in order to control these increases

Two days into 2020, the Institute of Energy Security (IES), predicted an increase in fuel prices at the pumps.

Fuel prices within the second Pricing-window of December 2019 saw the majority of the Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) maintaining the prices of Gasoline and Gasoil unchanged.

The current national average price of fuel per litre at the pump is pegged at GH¢5.36 for both Gasoline and Gasoil.

For the Pricing-window under review, Zen Petroleum, Benab Oil, Pacific, SO Energy and Alinco Oil sold the least-priced Gasoline and Gasoil on the local market relative to others in the industry, according to IES' Market-scan.

Prices of petroleum products remained largely stable as predicted by the Institute for Energy Security (IES) in the Pricing window under review.

Below is the statement from COPEC

CHECK THESE DISTURBING FUEL PRICE INCREASES

EFFECTS OF COVID STILL DIRE ON GHANAIANS.

Ghanaians have once again been slapped with another fuel price increase a few hours ago following from two earlier increases within a spate of one month.

Fuel prices that averaged Ghc 4.670/litre barely a month ago at the pumps is currently selling at an average of Ghc 5.10/litre at some pumps, representing a marginal variance of 43p/litre or 9%. This further translates to Ghc 1.93/ gallon.

Whiles these increases though marginal, cannot be directly attributed to a deliberate governmental action, as the triggers for these increases have been largely attributable to international market price increases and the cedi’s depreciation, it is our belief that authorities do have a responsibility to the Ghanaian people to put in measures to forestall these harsh increases as it affects every facet of our national lives and the economy as a whole.

Outlook for the first quarter of the year certainly looks tough as prices are expected to continue rising, we at Copec had preempted this as far back as October 2020 and called for decisive national planning, action and policies from our authorities in ensuring these expected increases of prices on the international market is planned for using strategic state entities like TOR and BOST to ensure there’s adequate stock to manage, during these periods of sustained increases but the heat of our elections didn’t possibly allow for effective planning as we are currently left with little options than to pass on these increases at the pumps though the economic effects of Covid-19 continue to remain dire on Ghanaians.

We ordinarily would have expected some taxes on the petroleum price build-up to be eased down at this point to accommodate these increases but that will also not suffice to look at the differentials and the fact government itself is also hard-pressed for revenue.

Whiles admitting times are are pretty tough, we also demand that authorities do not go to sleep but take concrete steps to plan for Ghanaians as far as fuel prices are concerned in order not to be caught flank footed anytime international price dynamics head south.

Ghana as an oil-producing Nation and a net exporter cannot continue to act as though it is in a hopeless position when it comes to managing fuel prices for its citizens like other oil-producing countries do for their people.

A clear, effective, national petroleum price sustainability programme ought to be initiated immediately in order to control these increases as the era of waiting for prices from the international market following from geopolitical developments cannot and should not be allowed to continue to work against the unsuspecting Ghanaian.

It is our hope also that no additional petroleum taxes is being contemplated as we are hearing from certain quarters, any such insensitive additional petroleum taxes to add to the suffering masses at this point will not only be fiercely resisted but will also be rejected outrightly with all and every available tool at our disposal.

Lastly, we call on Ghanaian Authorities to review the protocols on sitting arrangements in public transportation systems as the second wave of Covid-19 is known to be spreading very fast currently with existing medical facilities getting over stretched by the minute.

Signed.

Duncan Amoah

Executive Secretary.

— citinewsroom

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