Commercial vehicle drivers in the country have appealed to President Nana Akufo-Addo to address rising fuel prices immediately.
Aggrieved members of the Regional Concern Drivers Association of Ghana, one of the numerous driver unions in the country, have served notice that they will be left with no option than to storm the Flagstaff House forcing them to spend the yuletide with the President and his family if fuel issues are not addressed.
“We are calling on the government to help decrease the fuel prices or we will celebrate Christmas at the Jubilee House with the President and our families,” the group threatened in a statement which was released on Monday, 9 December 2019.
The group said they have made several attempts to convince the necessary authorities to deal with the fuel price hike but all to no avail. According to them, they have been left with no choice but to embark on the action to compel the government to address their concerns.
“Things are already tough in the country so the government should be a little bit sensitive and reduce fuel prices for us this Christmas,” the group pleaded.
Meanwhile, the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers-Ghana (COPEC-Ghana) is predicting fuel price increments ahead of the Christmas festivities in the second pricing window of the month which begins 16 December 2019, if the Ghana Cedi continues to slump against the US Dollar.
COPEC-Ghana raised concerns about a 1% increment in average pump prices for petrol and diesel which the institution said it noticed on Friday, 7 December 2019 across the major Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) in the country.
COPEC-Ghana said hitherto to the increments the price was GHS 5.360/ litre for both petrol and diesel. However, there has been an increase of 5 pesewas shooting the prices to GHS 5.410/ litre or GHS 24.345/ gallon for both petrol and diesel.