Fuel prices set to increase in the next 10 days — COPEC

The prices of fuel at the various pumps in Ghana are set to witness a marginal increase, the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers Ghana (COPEC-Ghana) has disclosed.

This comes barely a month after fuel prices increased by over 12% due to the introduction of some taxes, increases in margins by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), and industry as well as increases on the international market.

Geopolitical events over the past few days leading to increases in International Market Prices of petrol, diesel, and LPG means that there is an expected 1.25% increase in these commodities before the month ends. 

In a press release from COPEC-Ghana to announce the increase, it charge authorities to urgently adopt measures that will stop the constant increases. 

“We call on Authorities to as a matter of urgency put concrete strategies in place to forestall these increases as it is affecting harshly the general cost of living within the country with transport operators waiting to slap increases on fares in the coming days,” the release signed by Executive Secretary Duncan Amoah has said. 

Below is the full press release from COPEC-Ghana:

CHAMBER OF PETROLEUM CONSUMERS-GHANA

ACCRA

16/05/2021

FUEL PRICES GOING UP AGAIN IN A SPATE OF 10 DAYS

Barely a fortnight after prices at the pumps in Ghana shot up by over 12% due to the introduction of some taxes, increases in margins by the NPA and industry as well as increases on the international market fuel prices are set to go up again in the next few hours.

Geopolitical events over the past few days has led to increases in International Market Prices from $630.525/mt to around $655.625/mt for premium or petrol as of Friday whiles prices of AGO or diesel has moved from $520/Mt to $545/Mt. 

LPG has also seen a little over $1.6377 increase within the period though the country’s currency has been relatively stable within the period. 

These increases on the international market translates to around Ghp 8/litre on local pump prices for both petrol and diesel or around 5% on international price index representing a further increase of about 1.25% variance on current pump prices. 

This variance is expected to likely reflect at the Ghanaian pumps on or before Tuesday (18/05/2021) and will eventually add on to the recent increases of over 12% a few days ago thereby bringing the cumulative increases at the Ghanaians pumps to, in excess of a cumulative nominal Ghp 68/litre or 14% increases at the pumps within a spate of under 10 days.

The trend if not checked could likely continue or escalate as the geopolitical developments are pointing to bullish sentiments on the international market in the coming days. 

The country does not have seem to have in place any mitigating policies or programmes in place to cushion the average Ghanaian from these International Market price shocks as the effects reflect directly at the pumps and on pockets. 

A myriad of taxes including the Price Stabilisation and Recovery Levy component on pump prices which should have provided a buffer in times like these for some of these price movements has barely ever been used to cushion Ghanaians and the market around these times when needed and thus fuel prices becoming pretty unbearable on pockets. 

The country’s Strategic Stocks which could have also been used to offset these price movements on the international market is currently non existent as the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation instead of holding strategic stocks has now become fully commercial in their outlook though they continue to take monies from Ghanaians at the pumps in the name of Bost margins, we believe this particular margin ought to be looked at again if we need to bring fuel prices down.

The current state of Ghanas only National Refinery leaves so much to be desired as nothing seems to work from poor management practices and decisions as no productivity is happening there, even water has over the past few weeks been disconnected from the Refinery due to its inability to settle Ghana Water Company its indebtedness. 

We call on Authorities to as a matter of urgency put concrete strategies in place to forestall these increases as it is affecting harshly the general cost of living within the country with transport operators waiting to slap increases on fares in the coming days. 

Signed.

Duncan Amoah

Executive Secretary.

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