The Pressure Group, Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG), is set to hit the streets of Kumasi today June 9, to demonstrate
against the recent increase in utility tariffs which they have described as government’s ”insensitivity” to the plight of the already suffering Ghanaian.
The demonstration which is expected to be massive will start from the Jackson part in Kumasi and end at the Culture Centre. About hundreds of Ghanaians are expected to pour out on the streets of Kumasi to partake in the demonstration. A leading member of the group, Mr. Samuel Awuku told Citi News on Tuesday June 8, that the march is to register their displeasure at the recent Ã¢â‚¬ËœÃ¢â‚¬Ëœunjustifiable and insensitiveÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ increase in utility tariffs.
AFAG is calling for the immediate reduction or a withdrawal of utility tariffs imposed on the poor people of this country.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ He said Ghanaians were already suffering too much from what he described as a Ã¢â‚¬Ëœtax epidemicÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ in the country. According to him, the group is also asking for quality service from the Volta River Authority (VRA), Electricity Company of Ghana, Ghana Water Company and the GRIDCo Company.
He alleged that ministries, agencies and departments who owe government so much money have their debts being transferred to the poor Ghanaian. Mr. Awuku said if government pays for its debt at ECG, it will enable the company to perform better.
He pledged the groupÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s commitment to fight for the ordinary Ghanaian till the government reverses its decision. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We believe industries will suffer a high cost of production with the attendant increases of the price of goods and services. This will lead to contraction in demand and result in unemployment.
Mr. Samuel Awuku says AFAG expects Ghanaians from all walks of life to participate in the march since the issues at stake are of concern to every well-meaning Ghanaian. He said at AFAG’s last demonstration, over 30,000 people participated but he expects the number to double up.
Industry players who have also expressed concern about the tariff increases, are expected to partiviapte in the march.