Fuel prices cross 14 cedis per litre

Petroleum consumers in Ghana are bracing themselves for higher fuel prices following the recent decision by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) to suspend the Price Stabilization and Recovery Levy on petroleum products.

In a directive dated April 3, 2024, and circulated among various stakeholders in the oil marketing and distribution sector, the NPA mandated the imposition of additional charges: 16 pesewas per litre for Petrol, 14 pesewas per litre for Diesel, and 14 pesewas for every kilogram of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).

Consequently, the state-owned Oil Marketing Company, GOIL, has adjusted its prices, with petrol and diesel now retailing at GH¢14.15 per litre and GH¢14.74 per litre, respectively.

- Advertisement -

These adjustments by GOIL took effect from April 4, 2024.

This recent hike in fuel prices represents the most significant increase since February 2023, when a liter of fuel sold for GH¢15.40 and GH¢15.50 for diesel.

- Advertisement -

The Executive Director of the Institute for Energy Security (IES), Nana Amoasi VII, anticipated a twofold surge in fuel prices during April’s upcoming petroleum pricing window.

In an interview on Citi FM, Nana Amoasi VII criticized the suspension, asserting that it was not thoroughly deliberated before being implemented.

He pointed out that the levy had failed to achieve its intended purpose of stabilizing fuel prices, citing historical instances where prices soared to GH¢18 per litre in 2022.

Nana Amoasi VII cautioned about an imminent fuel price surge, suggesting that prices could rise to approximately GH¢14.05 per litre, potentially resulting in a double increase.

“The suspension of the levy was not well-thought through because it was clear in the statement that it was intended to relief consumers of intending price hikes which are necessitated by happenings on the world market and also our own forex market. Then the OMCs increase fuel prices in response to the domestic foreign market and the international fuel market.

“Unfortunately, a day or two, the NPA comes to say we are reversing the suspension of that levy which is meant to cushion consumers and this time around, the NPA fails to give the reasons for the suspension.

“We have not seen any impact of this levy on fuel prices over the years because it has not been able to stabilise prices and prices shot up as high as GH¢18 per litre somewhere in 2022, and we are seeing the same thing now.”

“What is going to happen is that fuel is going to increase again. Few have done it already and others are yet to do it and prices will roughly rise GH¢14.05 and so fuel prices will soon see a double increase,” Nana Amoasi VII added.

Most Popular

More from Author

CID invites Accra FM presenter over Hopeson Adorye’s dynamite detonation interview

The Accra Regional Police Command has requested the management of Class...

Fella Makafui arrested

Actress and entrepreneur Precious Fella Makafui has reportedly been arrested for...

BREAKING: Hopeson Adorye granted bail

A leading member of the Movement for Change political group, Hopeson...

Alan K visits arrested Movement for Change member, Hopeson Adorye

Presidential aspirant and leader of the Movement for Change, Alan Kwadwo...