Asuogyaman MP: Allow MPs to sit for two days to save fuel

Petroleum products have gone up at the pumps with petrol and diesel selling at about GHC18 and GHC23 per litre respectively

The Member of Parliament for Asuogyaman, Thomas Nyarko Ampem, has suggested to the Speaker of Parliament to reduce the number of sitting days in a week to two due to hike in fuel prices.

He said this will help save lawmakers money they could have used in buying fuel amidst the current economic hardship.

Petroleum products have gone up at the pumps with petrol and diesel selling at about GHC18 and GHC23 per litre respectively.

Contributing to the discussion on the floor of Parliament, Nyarko Ampem said: “A day before yesterday I went to a GOIL fueling station at Legon. My lights were on and I asked them to fill my tank, I got down to the shop to buy something when I came back, GHC 3,000 was my bill.”

“I had GHC 2,100, I had to call my colleague Honourable Dzata to send mobile money,” he added.


Meanwhile, the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has suggested to the government to immediately reduce taxes on petroleum products to cushion Ghanaians.

His comment comes after some Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) increased their fuel prices in line with global prices and the depreciation of the cedi.

Reacting to the development in a Facebook post on Tuesday (2 November), Ablakwa called on Parliament to intervene if the president fails to act.

“I reiterate my earlier calls for government to urgently reduce the taxes on petroleum products. The suffering is unbearable. Cost of petrol and diesel in Ghana is higher than many countries including Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Nigeria and USA.”

“If President Akufo-Addo doesn’t listen, Parliament must come together and act fast to save the situation,” Ablakwa said.


Fred Dzakpata

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