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General News of Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Occupy Flagstaff House organisers unimpressed with govt response

Organisers of a middle-class protest dubbed Occupy Flagstaff House say they are unimpressed with government's response to a litany of concerns raised last week. The Concerned Ghanaians for Responsible Governance's George Kojo Antwi told Joy News, “none of the issues they raised have been tackled".

The group, last week marched to the precincts of the seat of government, the Flagstaff House, to petition the president on what they described as "worsening economic conditions".

They used Ghana's Republic Day July 1 to dramatise their displeasure of government's economic handlers.

Their 20-point concerns range from erratic power supply, unpaid statutory funds, “unreliable supply of potable water across the country, the ever-depreciating value of the cedi, constant increases in taxes, inefficient revenue collection, very poor road networks, constant increments in utility tariffs, frequent increase in the prices of petroleum products".

Speaking to the issues at a press conference, deputy Minister for Information and Media Relations, Felix Kwakye Ofosu said government has managed to increase power from 2,311 megawatts to 2,845 megawatts. He announced that Ghana would be receiving $536 million from the Millennium Challenge Corporation based in the U.S. The money will be invested in the power sector, he said.

Kwakye Ofosu pointed out some important roads which have been completed. They are Achimota- Ofankor Tetteh Quarshie-Madina-Patang road, the Tetteh Quarshie-Mallam Junction road. The Sofoline Interchange, he said was ongoing.

"All that have been highlighted above have a direct bearing on the well-being of Ghanaians" he said.

But George Kojo Antwi, a key member of the Concerned Ghanaians for Responsible Governance is dismissing Ghana's efforts in the face of what he termed "an octopus of hardship".

He said government would always be doing something about national problems but short of specific timelines, therefore their response was unsatisfactory.

The group is planning to march to parliament in another demonstration dubbed Occupy Parliament House.