Legon station manager at the University of Ghana, Mr. William Ahosu has stated that transport fares at the station are likely to increase following the government’s proposal to introduce new taxes on petroleum products.
The Caretaker Minister for Finance, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu while delivering the 2021 budget statement in Parliament on Friday, March 12 announced new tax proposals on fuel; 10 pesewas per liter for diesel and petrol as Sanitation and Pollution Levy and 20 pesewas per liter of petrol and diesel to be used as Energy Sector Recovery Levy to cover charges on the State.
Speaking to Universnews, Mr. Ahosu specified that though transport fares would increase, the cost of increment would depend on the kind of communication they will receive from stakeholders and authorities from the transport unit service.
“We will definitely increase the prices but our heads at regional and national would have to inform us on how much we are increasing. I’m sure by next week Monday will send us a letter on the prices we should collect.”
One driver at the station who goes by the name Robert also lamented on some challenges they were facing and how an increase would make the situation worse.
“The prices of fuel are already high and if there is an increase, the car owners will increase car fares but whatever we get is what we use to buy fuel. We are really suffering we can’t take care of our children and our wives are leaving us. What the government is doing is hurting us badly.”
Story by: Nana Adwoa Wiafe Akenten | universnewsroom.com