Ultimately, he asked those complaining to pack their luxurious cars somewhere and join public transport to ease their predicament.
He made what many will interpret as an insensitive comment on Asaase Radio in an interview with Beatrice Adu.
“There is no way the economy can provide subsidy to fuel,” the former Finance Minister told Asaase Radio’s Beatrice Adu, adding “it’s a commodity we don’t produce, others produce and we buy. And therefore, we should at best buy it at the cost price.”
He noted that the ailing economy won’t be compromised for the interest of the masses, urging those with 4×4 cars to start using trotro immediately if they can’t sustain the pressure.
“The economy cannot and I repeat, cannot stomach [fuel] subsidy. People should pay for it. You see, there are so many vehicles on the road and some of them need not be there.
If you can’t afford to drive a 4-wheel drive, then you must not use it. We must now begin to look at situations of economic use of energy,” Osafo-Maafo said.