Petroleum Prices To Go Up By 5.7%

The caretaker finance minister, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has said Petroleum prices are expected to go up by 5.7%.

Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said the increment has become necessary because of the introduction of two new levies by the government.

Presenting the 2021 Budget in Parliament on Friday (12 March), Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said: “I should note that on the basis of existing world crude oil prices, the implementation of the two proposed levies for sanitation and pollution as well as to pay for excess capacity charges would result in a 5.7% increase in petroleum prices at the pump.”

He said the COVID-19 pandemic has caused additional health spending which far exceeds the government’s annual budget for health care.

Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu also said the pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to the country and that there is a need to provide resources to address these challenges and fund major projects being executed by the government.

He said that the “government is proposing a Sanitation and Pollution Levy (SPL) of 10 pesewas on the price per litre of petrol/diesel under the Energy Sector Levies Act (ESLA)”.

He added: “Mr Speaker, it has become very necessary for the government to consider a review of the energy sector levies. The Energy Sector Recovery Levy of 20 pesewas per litre on petrol/diesel under the ESLA is hereby submitted to this House for approval.”

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