Government can reduce fuel prices – PIAC


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By A.B.
Kafui Kanyi/Sumaiya Salifu Saeed, GNA

Ho, Oct. 7, GNA – Dr Steve Manteaw, Chairman,
Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC), has said government could
reduce fuel prices following gains made in the 2018 budget projections.

“2018 is a good year. Government at the
beginning of the year projected petroleum revenue at $57 per barrel but we are
currently making $84 per barrel,

By A.B.
Kafui Kanyi/Sumaiya Salifu Saeed, GNA

Ho, Oct. 7, GNA – Dr Steve Manteaw, Chairman,
Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC), has said government could
reduce fuel prices following gains made in the 2018 budget projections.

“2018 is a good year. Government at the
beginning of the year projected petroleum revenue at $57 per barrel but we are
currently making $84 per barrel, so I believe government can do something about
fuel prices,” he stated.

Dr Manteaw at a two-day engagement with the
Ghana Journalists Association on the work of the Committee in Ho, said
government could remove taxes on petroleum products to cushion the citizenry.

He said though a downward review of taxes on
petroleum could mean a huge revenue shortfall; gains made from the export of
petroleum in the (stabilization) fund capped at $300 million could be used to
mitigate the effect of removing the taxes.

Dr Manteaw said government could also find
other ways of making the populace benefit from the petroleum sector if its fear
was fuel smuggling to neighbouring countries.

He said it was unfortunate that though oil
find was a blessing to the country, its impact was not being felt with huge
revenue leakages.

Dr Manteaw also expressed concern that
petroleum revenues were being used to tackle too many national problems at the
same time, weakening the impact on socioeconomic development.

Mr Mark Agyemang, a Technical Manager, PIAC,
called for well-defined guidelines in the selection of priority areas for
investment of oil revenue.

He said the Committee believes that few legacy
projects should be identified and supported by the Annual Budget Funding Amount
(ABFA).

GNA


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