The citizens of Ghana yesterday introduced #FixTheCountry to plea to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his associates to consider the hardship in the country and make standing of living a little bit flexible for the ordinary Ghanaian. They complained that the taxes introduced seems to affect everything in the country.
A Letter posted on Afia Pokua's official Facebook page indicates that a meeting has been held today, Tuesday 4th May 2021 involving the Minister for Energy, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, National Petroleum Authority, Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST), the Association of Oil Marketing Companies (AOMCs), the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) and the Institute of Energy Policies and Research (INSTEPR).
They came to a conclusion that the 17 pesewas per litre increase in fuel margins previously announced by National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has been reduced to 9 pesewas per litre effective tomorrow, Wednesday, 5th May 2021.
As if Ghanaians were going to hail President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for listening to their plea but that did not happen as most citizens demanded more. They argued that it is not only petrol prices that have gone up but the taxes have affected every commodity in the market.
They added that they asked the government to fix the country and not to only fix petrol prices. According to them, Nana Addo should fix dumsor, galamsey, corruption, nursing training allowances, bad roads, neglected previous government projects among others.
Check out some comments from some Ghanaians on social media:
A Facebook user known as Lawrence Daniels said that "This is just the beginning of a revolution. We have sat down too long for politicians to make fool of us. We have risen from our rubble and the sun will rise for the world to see the people of Ghana are holding their leaders accountable".
Another Facebook user known as Haruna Barry reacted that "#fixthecountry, we're on a revolution. And we'll not stop this...".
Jo Nny added that "It's still not enough, Sister Afia, we the citizens deserve better. #StillFixTheCountry"