December 30, 2011

The Member of Parliament for Ayesuano, Samuel Aye-Paye has warned that the recent increment of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) by 30% will have dire consequences on Ghana’s aforestation programme.

According to him, consumers who are not be able to afford the commodity will resort to depending on charcoal for their cooking activities, which will also increase the incidence of indiscriminate felling of trees.

The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) on Thursday 29th December 2011 released new prices of petroleum commodities with LPG going up by 30%,.

The announcement was met with a lot of public outcry.

Speaking on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo show on Thursday Hon. Samuel Aye-Paye criticized the NDC government for the increment at a time when the current economic conditions in the country are very harsh with lots of people finding it difficult to fend for themselves.

He described the 30% hike in the price of LPG as unacceptable when other commodities like petrol and diesel had increment of 15% respectively while premix and kerosene had no increment.

Hon. Samuel Aye-Paye stated that if that was a move by government to discourage commercial drivers from using LPG as fuel to power their vehicles, then the move is bound to fail as drivers are not going to stop using LPG to power their cars as it is relatively cheap.

“ Even with this increment the taxi drivers are not going to budge as the LPG is economical and it helps them save enough money besides their daily sales’’ he said.

He called on Ghanaians to vote out the NDC government come 2012 elections as it has failed to honour its promise of not inflicting the Ghanaian people with increased fuel prices as it preached during electioneering campaigns in the run up to the 2008 elections.

Kwadwo Anim/