Fuel Hikes: Cedi Depreciation Driving Prices High
Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs), are bemoaning the dire impact the Cedi depreciation is having on their operations.
The OMCs warned that they may be forced to increase their prices at the pumps if the rate of depreciation continues.
The local currency has depreciated more than 8.5 percent this year, hitting GHS5.54 from GHS4.99, at the beginning of the year in forex bureaus.
The warning from the OMCs comes after the Institute of Energy Security (IES), earlier predicted that the depreciation of the Cedi will be a major factor in the increase in fuel prices at the pumps, for the first quarter of March.
Shortly after their prediction, fuel price shot up with many oil marketing companies selling a litre of petrol and diesel above 5 Cedis.
Speaking to journalists on Thursday, Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Oil Marketing companies (AOMC), Kwaku Agyeman Duah, said the depreciation of the Cedi poses serious issues for the downstream sector if not stabilized soon.
“We import them, and anytime we import something, we have that Cedi Dollar relationship and that is it. Although the price was going up but with the Cedi coming in, it makes it worse. But we hope it changes because if it keeps going down like this then there will be trouble,” he warned.
Mr. Agyeman Duah, spoke to journalists at the sidelines of the 10th Anniversary celebration of Union Oil Ghana Limited, in Accra.
Chief Executive of Union Oil, Charles Obeng Mensah, while touting some of the achievements clocked in ten years, also bemoaned some challenges facing the industry and called on stakeholders to put things in order.
“The industry as a whole is facing crisis. In our type of business, companies were not being given startups so if help can come from ministries and other stakeholders for startups, it will be much appreciated,” he said.