General News of Tuesday, 3 June 2014
The Ashanti regional branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) will on Tuesday June 10 embark on a massive demonstration against President John Mahama and his administration.
The demonstration dubbed “ya y3 d3n demo” to wit 'what have we done' is to protest what it describes as “unprecedented hardships and the continuous power outages in the region”.
A statement signed by the Ashanti Regional Secretary of the NPP, Samuel Pyne, said since government has turned a deaf ear to their plea, “it has become necessary that we pour out our frustration through this demonstration”.
Below is the full statement
NPP-Ashanti Region and Parliamentary caucus to state mammoth demo in Ashanti region: YA Y3 D3N
DEMOSTRATION (THE BLACK TUESDAY/ KUNTUNKUNI DA)
It's obvious the Mahama led NDC government is unable to fulfil the plethora of promises it made to Ghanaians particularly Ashanti Region in the run up to the 2012 elections. The better Ghana promised us has become a mirage and has rather plunged the people of Ashanti Region into an unprecedented hardship. Meanwhile NDC appointees and apologists of this government are living lavishly at the expense of the taxpayer, Ghanaians are actually reeling from the untold hardship bequeathed us by the NDC.
ERRATIC POWER SUPPLY AND HIGH COST OF LIVING We admit that the harsh living conditions are not limited to the Ashanti region but the intensity of the situation in the region is obviously excruciating. Hardly does a day pass in Kumasi without continuous power outages. The intensity of what has come to be known as 'dumsor' in the Ashanti region is mind-boggling.
Shockingly, the PRO of the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission Nana Yaa Gyantua has stated categorically that what the people of Ashanti Region is experiencing is way beyond load shedding and very problematic.
Businesses are suffering and have to rely on generators to survive their businesses. The cost of production keeps increasing causing businesses to fold up. Jobs are being lost and the people's despondency keeps heightening. This region houses the largest fraction of the country's population and so we are alarmed by this unconcerned posture of the government.
The nonchalant posture the Mahama led NDC in Ashanti Region can no longer be taken lightly. We readily recall the promise made by John Mahama at the Manifesto launch of the NDC in 2012 when he stated that “load shedding shall be a thing of the past”. Today analysts and experts are asking that we brace up for a worse energy situation. With the current energy situation, anything worse will actually mean 'killing' residents of the region. We can no longer toy with the lives of the people in the region. Now for a Government that promised better live conditions for the people of Ashanti Region, it has now changed to ‘ MAHAMA AHOKYER3!!!! and the people respond AGYE B3BIAA!!!!!.
Since this government for reasons best known to it has decided to turn deaf ears to the plea of the people, it has become necessary that we pour out our frustration through this demonstration. We struggle to understand how people who have lost their jobs will survive under our current economic conditions.
The consequence this situation has on our security can equally no be downplayed. Government should as a matter of urgency put up concerted efforts to end the incessant power outages in the region. Empty assurances will not do the people who are obviously overstretched any good.
SIGNED: SAMUEL PYNE (REGIONAL SECRETARY) 0205714270/ 0244624966
HON ELIZABETH AGYEMAN (CHAIR PERSON, ASHANTI M.P CAUCUS) 0208183335