General News Mon, 20 Jan 2003

Adjust to increase prices - NDC MP

Ghanaians have been advised to strive to adjust to the increases in the price of petroleum products and transport fares even though they were very harh measures taken by the government.

Mr Alex Sawyer Ativor, the Asokwa-West National Democratic Congress (NDC) Chairman who gave the advice said, there was no need brooding over the measure since the increases had already been announced by the government.

Mr. Ativor gave the advice in an interaction with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Kumasi on Sunday on the impact the hikes in petroleum products may have on the lives of Ghanaians and the economy.

He was however, convinced that increases in prices of petroleum products was not the only means or avenue for raising revenue to clear the indebtedness of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) or addressing problems of the economy.

Mr Ativor said alternative areas could have been explored for mobilising such revenue, saying, "as for petroleum products, that should have been the last resort".


The NDC chairman suggested to the government to act swiftly in ushering in the buses for the public mass transport system to mitigate the problems workers would have to face in view with the hike in transport fares.

Mr Ativor observed that since government was not yet ready to increase salaries of workers, the only option to mitigate the current transport problems of workers would be to ensure that the public transport system was quickly introduced.

Source: GNA