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The LPG Marketers Association has projected that the cost of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) may cross ¢200 per 14-kilogram cylinder by the end of 2022 if taxes on the product are not scrapped.

According to the Vice President of the Association, Gabriel Kumi, the failure of government to intervene in the price adjustment of the commodity may induce unbearable hardships for consumers.

“Our projection is that if government doesn’t intervene, within the next three months, we are going to buy a kilogram of LPG for about ¢14, ¢15. And that will shoot your household cylinder to about ¢250, ¢260 to fill,” he told JoyNews in an interview on Thursday.

Government has restored the Price Stabilisation and Recovery Levy (PSRL) on fuel products.

The restored PSRL is ¢0.16 pesewas per litre on petrol, ¢0.14 per litre on diesel, and ¢0.14 per kilogram on LPG.

LPG is now ¢9.76 per kilogram, translating to about ¢140 for a 14.5 kg cylinder.

Gabriel Kumi has been blamed for the cedi’s poor performance. He adds that “once the cost keeps moving up and you have constant taxes and levies, you expect that the price will continue to go up.”

Cost of LPG to cross ¢200 per 14kg cylinder if taxes are not removed – Gabriel Kumi
Vice President of LPG Marketers Association of Ghana, Gabriel Kumi

These recent changes in the pricing are said to be impacting adversely on the businesses of the Marketers as some have already laid off their workers.

They want the government to consider repealing the taxes on the product.

“LPG Marketing Companies of Ghana have been calling on government to consider removing all the taxes on the product. Some West African countries are indeed subsidising the product,” Mr Kumi added.

Meanwhile, the Energy Ministry has said Ghanaians will pay back whatever government spends as subsidies.

According to Deputy Minister, Andrews Agyapa Mercer, this calls for a conversation that ought to be had among stakeholders as the country strives to fashion out a solution to the problem.

“It’s a process that has commenced. The NPA has sent the letter to us, and we’ve forwarded it to the appropriate authorities; it’s going to be deliberated, and then whatever decision is taken is going to be in the best interest of all of us.”

“If that decision is taken that government has to subsidise fuel, we all ought to know that post the issues being resolved, prices coming down, whatever amount of money government would have expended would still have to be paid back by all of us,” he said.

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