Walk the talk! Remove petroleum taxes now – Minority

Walk the talk! Remove petroleum taxes now – Minority
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Date: 28-09-2017 Time: 08:09:44:pm
Boakye Agyarko, Energy Minister

The Minority in Parliament is accusing the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) of deception following the hike in petroleum prices.

The opposition lawmakers said government’s promise to whittle down prices of petroleum products has been dishonoured.

Ranking Member on Parliament’s Mines and Energy Committee, Adam Mutawakilu said the current regime has to fulfil its promise to Ghanaians in line with the ethics of governance.

A section of Minority members

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“As a matter of principle and consistency, all the taxes you opposed first of all you have to remove them,” he told journalists at a news conference in Accra Thursday.

Mr Mutawakilu was reacting to the increase in prices of petroleum products across the country.

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The energy sector had its major shock in decades after prices of petroleum products were increased by 14 percent.

A gallon of petrol is now sold at ¢20.07 pesewas and a gallon of diesel at the various pumps is sold at ¢18.58 pesewas.

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Government has blamed the development on external factors, which it said is beyond its control.

But the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament (MPs) said there is a lot government can do to bring relief to consumers.

Mr Mutawakilu said government can eliminate the Energy Sector Levy (ESLA), which it opposed when it was in opposition, to bring petroleum prices down.

“You don’t just get up and speak…walk the talk,” he told Evans Mensah on Joy FM’s Top Story in an interview and challenged the government to scrap all the taxes it opposed whilst in opposition.

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