Some old men and women hit the streets of the Kumasi metropolis yesterday, to register their frustration over the country’s erratic power supply and economic hardship.
Clad in black and red, the oldies took off from the Centre for National Culture through Kejetia to Adum, the hub of business in the metropolis, and converged on the Jubilee Park, under their big banner “Mmerewa resu demo” (old women are crying).
According to them they were displeased with the level of emotional and economic hardship the energy crisis was bringing on the society, especially the senior citizens who were supposed to be protected and safeguarded.
“Our body temperatures are rising as a result of menopause, vis-a vis the power crisis,” one of them said.
A statement signed by Madam Maame Serwaah, their spokesperson, and issued to the media, noted that since the inception of the “dumsor” (power crisis) not only had it distressed Ghanaians emotionally, but businesses had also been crippled.
The statement said, the cold store businesses were gradually fading away following the hike in fuel to power their generators, whenever there was power outage.
“Unwanted pregnancies are currently on the ascendancy due to the erratic power supply which has resulted in couples sleeping before time,” the statement said, adding that “most hospitals and health centres are engulfed in darkness and those trying to cope with the situation are laying the cost on patients following the hike in fuel prices”.
The statement also pointed out that barbers and hairdressers had been forced to run shifts because of the difficulty of procuring and powering their generators.
Industries, the statement said, were laying off workers in order to sustain their businesses while the printing press business was hugely affected by the situation.
The statement called on the government to expedite action to fix the energy crisis to save the nation from total collapse.
From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi