Paul Achonga Kwode, GNA
Tamale, August 18, GNA – Some opposition
political parties led by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Northern Region
have declared their intention to embark on “Times are Tough” demonstration on
Monday, August 22, in the Tamale Metropolis.
They said the demonstration was to send
strong signals to the Government that it had failed in its administration
resulting in the worsening social and economic conditions of the people in the
Mr Sule Salifu, the NPP Northern Regional
Secretary, on behalf of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) and All People’s
Congress (APC), said the demonstration was to amplify the voices of the
He said the opposition political parties had
earlier appealed to President John Dramani Mahama to reduce the electricity
tariffs by 50 per cent within a month stressing that those appeals had not been
heeded hence their decision to hit the streets.
Mr Salifu indicated that despite their
patience, the regional political heads and the the Government had not taken any
steps to address their demands noting that “we are concerned about the
immeasurable hardships that the Government continue to let the people of Ghana
He said though the President came to the
region last month, he never spoke on the killer tariffs and its related
consequences saying; “he has shown more evidence than necessary that he simply
does not care about the fact that more and more people here are struggling just
to put a single meal on the dining table for their family”.
Mr Salifu said they would be joined by
workers, youth groups, unemployed and the general public in a non-violent
manner to protest the general hardships in the country.
Mr Daniel Bugri Naabu, the Northern Regional
Chairman of the NPP, appealed to Mr Paul Afoko, the suspended National Chairman
of the NPP, to apologise and return to the party since the court had dismissed
He said the party needed him especially
towards the crucial general election in December saying; “he is our member so
he should come back”.
Mr Nuhu Jingli, the CPP Northern Regional
Secretary, expressed disappointment over the current administration of the
country saying that the Government had totally failed the people of Ghana and
must be shown the exit.
In a related development, Mr Seidu Abdulai
Napodoo, the APC Regional Secretary, disclosed that the party was also
preparing to stage a demonstration on October 2 against the ruling government.
He said people were generally suffering with
rising cost of living and unemployment and urged all the masses to join hands
to ensure a democratic change of government in Ghana.