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Politics of Thursday, 13 November 2014

Source: GNA

Gov’t has failed to manage economy - AFAG

The Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG), a pressure group, has said government has failed in its quest to manage the country in the spate of high level of corruption and economic hardships.

Dr Nana Afriyie, President of AFAG, said state institutions are weak because of incompetent leaders manning the economy, stressing that the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) and the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), have all failed to perform their duties.

Dr Afriyie made these remarks on Wednesday at a demonstration christened “Aagbe W?”, which means ‘they are killing us,’ to express members' dissatisfaction about the state of corruption and economic difficulties in the country.

Hundreds of Ghanaians joined the demonstration through some principal streets in Accra and ended at the Arts Centre.

Some of the protestors raised their placards with inscriptions like “ Mahama Must Go”, “Women should wake up” , “We are suffering”, “ We cannot afford electricity and water bills”, all in an attempt to show their utmost disapproval about the state of governance.

Dr Afriyie said the demonstration was to protest against excessive abuse and misuse of state resources by the National Democratic Congress government.

“We will not relent on our efforts to express our dissatisfaction to government and send a signal that the masses are suffering and that there is a new revelation of waste and misuse of state resources in the country,” he added.

Among dignitaries who took part in the demonstration were Ms Ursula Owusu, Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West, Mr Dominic Nitiwul Deputy Minority Leader in Parliament, Mrs Irene Naa Toshie, Member of Parliament for Tema West.