Some Ghanaians have expressed mixed reactions about the 2021 budget statement presented on March 12, 2021 which saw the proposed increment of fuel price by 5.7 percent.
The budget, read by the caretaker Finance Minister, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, has seen new taxes introduced and some of the existing ones being reviewed.
Notable among the new taxes are the gaming levy, sanitation and pollution levy and the banking sector cleanup levy which they say would help stabilize the economy.
While some passengers believe Covid-19 has affected them enough to be burdened with additional taxes, some drivers also believe it would be appropriate for the authorities to increase the transport fair at once to reflect the increment at the pump.
A passenger shared his thoughts with UniversNews:
“Well, for now, since we are in this pandemic, it would be deemed inappropriate for prices to go up. Our mothers keep complaining everyday.
”Even some of the drivers take advantage of that situation to cheat us because of the level of illiteracy in the country. They will not follow the proposed prices but they will increase beyond what the authorities propose; this is bad,” a passenger lamented.
Meanwhile, drivers, on the other hand, think the government has consistently turned deaf ears to their plights.
“This is not the first time we are complaining about increase in fuel prices but anytime we speak the government doesn’t listen to us. so we are of the view that we drivers are not part of the country.
“They don’t have any plans for us. It affects everyone including private car owners, most of them have parked their cars,” a frustrated driver scored.
Story by: Stephen Adokpah | universnewsroom.com