The National Communications Officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress has described as "economically unwise and incentive", the imposition of new taxes on Petrol and Diesel by goverment. His comment comes as a direct response to the 13% increment in transport fares as announced by the transport operators union.
The increment which is expected to take effect from June 5 is to enable the drivers to accommodate the recent hikes at the pumps.
"In 2016, you needed only GHS28 to to get a bag of cement; today, you need GHS50 to get a bag of cement. In 2016, you needed just GHS2,800 for a tone of iron rods; today you need GHS5,300 to get same. A gallon of petrol which used to be sold at GHS16 in 2016 is toady going at GHS27.30.
"So Ghanaians are already suffering. It is very insentive and economically unwise for goverment to have introduced all these taxes at a time when we are still dealing with covid crisis that have affected businesses and livelihoods".
The NDC communicator further affirmed that the current situation is a manifestation of bad and insentive leadership on the part of president Akufo-Addo and his Vice, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.
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