Petroleum Products COPEC threatens demo if gov't fails to remove fuel levy

The National Democratic Congress government introduced the energy sector levy which resulted in a 38 percent increment in the price of petroleum products.

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The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers Ghana (COPEC-GH) has called on the NPP government to scrap the Energy Sector Levy or they will demonstrate against it.

The Executive Secretary of COPEC-GH Duncan Amoah said the levy cannot be left as a financial burden on Ghanaians hence their call.

“Inasmuch as government has debts to pay, Ghanaians equally have individual debts, so government cannot service those debts altogether at once looking for those revenues from us while we continue to suffer.”

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The National Democratic Congress government introduced the energy sector levy which resulted in a 38 percent increment in the price of petroleum products.

This is not the first time COPEC-GH is calling for the total removal of the Energy Sector Levy.

Even before the December 7, 2016 election, the Chamber has often called for the removal of the levy.

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Amoah said he was certain the NPP government will scrap the Energy Sector Levy since it was part of their campaign promises.

“They have made some suggestions. We are waiting for the budget in March. If there is no review at all, Ghanaians can be rest assured that we will have a standoff with this government,” he added.

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The NPP, during the 2016 campaign promised to reduce taxes as well as the cost of utility tariffs.

After assuming office the Minister of Finance Ken Ofori Atta explained that it will take time to reduce taxes and cost of utility as promised.

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