Bernard Allotey Jacobs has dismissed calls on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to reduce the prices of petroleum products in the country.
Over the months, there’s been astronomical increases in fuel prices, hence burdening commercial and private drivers and passengers.
The prices currently stand at over 10 cedis and 12 per litre for petrol and diesel respectively.
The government partly blames the Ukraine/Russia war for the fuel price increases. However, there are incessant calls on the President to stabilize the petroleum prices.
Some critics have suggested that the President should either reduce or remove the taxes on petroleum products and also negotiate to buy fuel directly from Russia which is selling at a subsidized price.
Speaking to the issue during Peace FM’s “Kokrokoo” programme, Bernard Allotey Jacobs expressed strong disagreement with views that the President should reduce the fuel prices and taxes.
He argued that, “if we reduce the prices of petroleum products, this country [it] will come to a standstill because government rakes in revenue from these petroleum taxes and pay an army of over 700000 government employees.”
Allotey Jacobs wondered how the critics expect the President pay the government employees when the petroleum product prices are cut.
“…due to hypocrisy, they will tell you to reduce the price of fuel and after that expect Nana Akufo-Addo to turn into Okomfo Anokye and conjure money from the sky to pay them. This is what we are doing to Ghana”, he snapped.