COPEC is now fun for OMCs rather than fighting for fuel consumers – Wereko-Brobby

Chief Policy Analyst at the Institute for Public Policy Options in Ghana, Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobby, criticized the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) for doing little or nothing in the fight for oil users following the surge constant fuel prices.

Chief Policy Analyst at the Institute for Public Policy Options in Ghana, Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobby, criticized the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) for doing little or nothing in the fight for oil users following the surge constant fuel prices.

Dr. Wereko-Brobby accused COPEC of currently being the main cheerleader for the Oil Trading Companies (OMC) by announcing unwelcome increases in the prices of petroleum products.

An outraged Dr. Wereko -Brobby in an interview with Eyewitness News wondered why COPEC has refused to fight for the interests of consumers, who are bearing the brunt of price increases and taxes applied to products.

The former executive director of the Volta River Authority (VRA) said COPEC is now singing National Petroleum Authority songs instead of fighting to ensure fuel prices come down.

Consumers were slapped in the face with fuel prices again on Tuesday, November 1, 2022, with gasoline jumping to GH¢17.99 per litre, kerosene GH¢14.70, while diesel is now sold at GH¢ 23.49 per liter at various pumps.

Speaking in an interview with Umaru Sanda Amadu on Eyewitness News, the former head of the VRA stated: “NPA has reneged on its duty and given it to COPEC, which ironically is supposed to represent consumer interests… COPEC is now the main cheerleader for oil trading companies that keep announcing prices like crazy. That’s not the way deregulation was set up, it just keeps increasing the pressure on [consumers].”

He criticized the Akufo-Addo-led government for always being seen gleefully in 60 powerful SUVs with their entourage across the country when hardship stares into the faces of Ghanaians.

He said that the government’s slogan of feeling the pain of ordinary Ghanaians cannot be accepted.

“…So the prices are adjusted to reflect current global prices, but no one wants to talk about the windfall and then someone says, I feel your pain, you can’t feel the pain of Ghanaians when you drive 60 powerful SUVs to travel all over the world. country. Mr. Wereko-Brobby was furious.

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