Demo Rocks Accra

demo GhanaiansHundreds of Ghanaians yesterday defied the odds of the weather to stage a peaceful demonstration over what they described as the lack of government’s concern on the plight of the people.

The demonstration was also to register their displeasure over misappropriation of public funds, corruption, youth unemployment and high cost of living.

The group, dubbed the “Concerned Ghanaians for Responsible Governance,” said the increasing indiscipline among government called for immediate intervention to salvage the country from plunging into abyss.

Not even the resistance of the police and morning downpour could stop the demonstrators, as they walked through the Ridge Church street near the Children’s Park, British High Commission, Ako-Adjei Interchange and later converged at the Afriko, near the French Embassy.

The demonstration, which lasted five hours brought to its wake sporadic verbal exchange between some demonstrators and the police personnel.

This has resulted to the arrest of three people including Kofi Bentil, a seasoned legal practitioner and two others.

The group comprised civil servants, lawyers, and engineers held placards with inscription “Ghana Must Work”, “We Need Normal Ghana not Better Ghana”, “The Nation Belong To Us All”, “There Is So Much Corruption in the system”, “Change the gear now Mr. President”, among others.

Led by Nana Kwasi Awuah, the group enumerated a litany of issues confronting Ghanaians in the petition, including rising inflation, depreciation of the cedi, high cost of living, increment in utility tariffs and poor road network.

In an interview with the Ghanaian Times, Nana Awuah bemoaned at increasing corruption and indiscipline among government officials.

He said Ghanaians deserved better more than what they are experiencing now.

Asked whether the demonstration was politically motivated, he said they are Ghanaians and pursuing their constitutional mandate to express their grievances on lapses within the governance system of the country.

Mr. Ebo Sam, a leading member of the group told the Times that all they would continue to press home their demand when the need arises until the government does the right thing.

He said there was so much polorisation of critical issues such as energy, health and water to the detriment of Ghanaians.

He said the continues depreciation of the local currency against other international trading currencies particularly the US dollar was a cause for concern, saying the economy would crumble if pragmatic measures were not taken to address it.

However, five people led Nana Awuah, the convener of the group   were allowed to present the petition at the Flagstaff House.

Receiving, Ms. Valare Sawyerr, a Deputy Chief of Staff thanked them for staging a peaceful demonstration.

She assured them that the government would swiftly respond to their concerns, saying that “the President was working tirelessly to make life more meaningful to Ghanains”.

Ms. Sawyerr advised them to offer suggestions, ideas and solutions to the challenges they listed, adding that would serve as a guideline to the government in addressing the concerns.  By Malik Sullemana

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