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Fuel hike demo today

Hundreds of commercial drivers and consumers of petroleum products are expected to hit the streets of Accra today [Wednesday], to demonstrate over what they describe as the persistent increases in the prices of petroleum products.

The demonstration, which is being organized by the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) in collaboration with the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU), is to force the government to reduce taxes on petroleum products.

According to the group, the increases are causing hardships which consumers can no longer bear.

COPEC-Ghana said several calls for government to act on the matter has so far yielded very little results as the increases continue unabated.

Meanwhile, the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has said the reason for the intended demonstration is anything but noble.

In a statement, the Authority pointed out it has made several interventions to minimize the cost of fuel prices at the pumps despite the rising price of petroleum in the international market.

It urged the organisers of the protest to come for further clarity on current state of petroleum prices to ensure the public is not misled.

Source: otecfmghana.com

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