The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) is calling for government to scrap fuel allowances for politicians and senior political figures in government.
Executive director of the chamber Duncan Amoah contends this will be the only measure to get duty bearers to begin advocating for the reduction of the price the ordinary Ghanaian buys fuel at the pumps.
His comments come on the back of the recently held unity walk of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) where former president John Dramani Mahama described fuel price hikes as a function of an insensitive government.
The former president lamented that commercial drivers were now working for fuel stations without making profits.
Speaking to Ultimate News’ Ivan Heathcote – Fumador, Duncan Amoah contended that politicians will only make such statements in the interest of Ghanaians if they begin buying fuel from their salaries without any allowances from the state.
He suggested, “If they are paying for fuel, they will get in line with all of us. But if they are in power they get free driver, free vehicles, free fuel and fuel prices become a non-issue. The next day when they are in opposition, they come back to us,”.
“We may need to as a country, move away from free fuel to our politicians. That is the only way they will understand the plight of the ordinary person who has to buy without any excuses. When it is 20 cedis, the politician is not paying, the minister is not paying and the president may not be paying but see them in opposition another day, and when they have to pay from their pockets they complain like you and I,” he said.
Mr. Duncan also reiterated the need for government to stop relying on taxes on petroleum products and rather begin exploring other sources of revenue to ease the plight of the fuel purchasing public.
By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/Ivan Heathcote-Fumador