Govt intimidating us instead of reducing taxes on fuel, we’ll hit streets with demo-Association
The National Concern Drivers Association of Ghana has called on the government to with immediate effect remove all nuisance taxes on petroleum products.
The Association says the continuous increment on petroleum products has affected drivers financially and the government must take steps to address that.
They also described the 2022 budget as ‘Kum Yen Preko Budget’.
National Chairman Paa Willie speaking on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, said the Transport Ministry is using the security agencies to intimidate drivers instead of addressing their concerns.
He asserted that the budget did not consider drivers and it was great news that the budget was rejected.
He said: “We are urging the government to immediately scrap all new and existing nuisance taxes on petroleum products to stabilise fuel prices in the country.
The introduction of some new taxes on fuel and the increase in existing ones are fuelling the frequent price hikes.
As we speak,the Energy Sector Levy (ESLA) has been increased by 30%,Price Stabilization Recovery Levy on fuel increase by 40%,The Unified Petroleum Pricing Formula has been increased by 164%,BOST margin has increased from 3 Pesewas to 9 Pesewas representing 200% increase,The fuel marking margin levy has also been increased by another 233% among others.
We are also calling on members of Parliament to not approve the budget if the finance minister and his government does not scrap these taxes from their “KUM YEN PREKO “budget,” he indicated.
He said if the government does not address their concerns, they would hit the streets with unprecedented demonstrations nationwide.
“Our members are dying and are now truant at home because they can’t provide for their families due to hardship.
We are promising the government and the members of Parliament if they approve this budget with all these taxes,We will surely meet them on the streets.”