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Gov’t's Technical Advisor on Energy calls for national dialogue on pricing of petroleum products

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Government’s Technical Advisor on Macro-Economic Energy and Petroleum Economics, Ishmael Ackah says the increase in fuel prices calls for a national dialogue.
The dialogue, he said, can either fall within whether government will refine and subsidise or sell the oil at the market price.
Meanwhile, a member of the Energy and Mines Committee in Parliament, Edward Bawah says he agrees with calls for the scrapping of the petroleum levy.
Speaking on GBC’s ‘Behind the News’, Mr. Bawah stated that though the petroleum levy was done by the previous government it was necessitated by some factors.
He said the Committee will meet to look into the matter September 24.
In a related development, National Vice Chair of the GPRTU, Robert Sarbah, has called on government to review the deregulation policy.

This is because continuous increase in fuel prices is affecting transport operations.
Mr. Sarbah said though the recent increase is not up to what should warrant an increase, it is worrying as transport owners will have to adjust.
Speaking on GBC’s ‘Behind the News’, Mr. Sarbah said if government does not do anything about petroleum prices they would have to pass the pressure on to the public.
The Chairman of the Committed Drivers Association, Charles Danso said government should intervene and reduce fuel prices.
This is because the increase is becoming unbearable.

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