14 January 2016

Liberia: Lawmaker Wants Petroleum Prices Drop

Montserrado County's District # 13 Representative Saah Joseph has frown on the protracted high price of petroleum product in Liberia despite the relatively low price of barrel of oil in the world market.

Rep. Joseph argued that there should be a significant reduction of the price of petroleum in the country since the present price of petroleum is still been determined by the December 2014 price at US$60.00 per barrel of oil in the world market.

The Montserrado lawmaker disclosed that existing price per barrel of oil in the world market is presently at US$32.96, which is half of the 2014 world market price and as such must have a significant down wall shift on the current price of petroleum commodity.

Rep. Joseph noted that between January - December 2015, there has been comparatively stumpy price of the barrel of oil in the world market which should have supported the reduction of price in petroleum in the country, and thus blamed the Ministry of Commerce and the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC).

The Lawmaker also lamented on the appalling condition of the health system.

According to the astute Montserrado Lawmaker, health practitioners across the country lack proper capacities to adequately respond to the growing demand in the health sector.

He argues that most of the death cases reported are blamed on simple and curable tropical diseases.

The Lawmaker meanwhile challenged sector implementers to build the respective capacities of Health Practitioners and equip same for efficiency.

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