Last Saturday, hundreds of people in Tamale, in the Northern Region, took to the streets to protest what they called the “economic suffering and mismanagement” of the nation.
The peaceful demonstration, dubbed : “miisim demo” to wit hardship, was to draw the attention of the government to the current economic hardship in the country.
Holding placards with inscriptions such as “President Akufo-Addo has failed us”, “Ghanaians are suffering, do something”,
“Farmers can no longer buy fertilizer” among others, the demonstrators walked through the principal streets of Tamale before converging on the Jubilee Park to address the media.
The protest march was organized by a group calling itself the Coalition of Progressive Forces on the theme : “we are citizens not spectators”.
One of the protest’s organizers, Professor Jaspa Ayelazuno, spoke to the media after the rally and stated the goal was to draw attention to the government’s inaction on the many problems the country is currently facing.
He said it also aimed to draw attention to complaints about “misgovernance and mismanagement of the economy on specific topics such as: unacceptable costs of food, fuel, power, transportation, water, rent, high expenses of farming inputs (fertilizer, seeds, tractors, etc.)”
He pointed out that the New Patriotic Party (NPP), which had promised Ghanaians a pleasant life before the 2016 general election, was now acting in the opposite way while in power.
Prof. Ayelazuno urged Ghanaians to stand up and bring their problems to the government’s attention rather than leaving it up to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the Minority group in Parliament.
For his side, Mohammed Abdul Salam, the Northern Regional Secretary of the NDC, attributed the current economic state on the “failure of the NPP government to live up to expectation.”
Therefore, he implored Ghanaians to support the NDC so that it could free them from the NPP’s chains.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic, some of the protesters claimed that they took part in the demonstration since they were the ones suffering the most from the present economic climate.
Due to the passing of the Northern Regional Chairman of the NDC and Chief of Tugu-Yepala, Naa Ibrahim Mobila, and the Paramount Chief of the Mion Traditional Area, Naa Abdulai Mahamadu V, the exercise, which was originally set for last month, was postponed to last Saturday.
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