The Ghanaian youth of today have an anthem, the Adulthood Anthem. Our claim is “Adulthood na scam!” and we solely blame parents and the school curriculum for giving no orientation to this most expected, yet horrendous phase of life. Maybe our parents were too traumatized purchasing amidst the skyrocketing nature of prices and rates and paying the most frivolous taxes the economy served them. They simply had to survive till they saw a probable savior – who pleaded just “4 more”.
Well, we are still in the “4 more for Nana” economy and indeed, everything is now 4 times more than it was before. Everything being the problems. One of which is the exacerbation of the fuel prices. No one even needs a high school diploma in economics to understand the ripple effects of the reoccurring increment in fuel prices.
The youth are furious. The youth are devastated. The price of fuel has now increased, and everything affiliated to this will increase, except our salaries of course. We won’t even mention pocket monies. Amidst the current increase of fuel prices, we have had to face diabolical implementations like the Electronic-levy, Energy Fund Levy, Sanitation and Pollution Levy, Price Stabilization and Recovery Levy, Energy Sector Levy, Special Petroleum Tax, Road Fund Levy, Energy Debt Recovery Levy, and, the increase in the rate of dollars against the Ghana cedi. We’re drowning in a sea of levies at this point.
The increment of fuel prices has yet again caused an increased the cost of transportation eliminating the dilemma of “should I get an uber or a bolt?” to “I will just a pick troski” or “charley I fit take okada”. Now, no one is even purchasing online because of the headache of the dispatch riders give and the exorbitant prices of the delivery itself. Online shops are losing on the economic scale – and most of these online stores are owned by the Ghanaian youth.
Sigh – just recently, Citi news, interviewed an old man at one of the most expensive places in this world – A Shell filling Station. This old man voices his rage and his irritation to the price increment while he ironically purchases fuel.
Just empathize with him as he inarticulately speaks to the news reporter.
He does not just speak for himself, but he speaks for most of the Ghanaian youth. Most of them are killing themselves balancing school and work and a side hustle to survive in this “4 more for Nana” economy but we cannot come and kill ourselves.
You know, we should have passed the baton to Akua Donkor from John Mahama, “na ɔman n’ayɛ dɛdɛɛdɛ” (in Akua Donkor’s voice).