The People’s National Convention (PNC) has described the recent fuel price hikes as morally inappropriate and insensitive decision by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA).
“The NPA’s decision is the most morally inappropriate and insensitive that any institution could make, particularly now that most parents are to contend with harsh realities of getting their wards to school after emptying their pockets in the festive season,” it said.
A statement signed by the General Secretary of the PNC, Mr Bernard Mornah, said these increases would affect every aspect of the national economy at both the micro and macro level and that the effects transcend transportation, agriculture, industry, education, health and shelter.
Expressing dismay and dejection at the announcement of the new increases, it said “These increases have a huge telling on the many Ghanaians who have just managed to overcome a very austere and not so favourable Yuletide”.
The statement said the hikes by the NPA put “serious doubt in us about the true intent of President John Evans Atta Mills’ declaration of 2011 being a year of action.
The arguments adduced by the NPA for this reckless price increases that have potential of escalating cost of living, potential inflation and many other difficulties are not tenable”.
It urged President Mills to move swiftly to stop what it termed “ugly price increases forced on us by the NPA. We believe that the NPA has its authority from government and government must not allow its created institutions to take us for a ride”.