General News of Monday, 16 February 2015
The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been given the clearance for its “Won Gbo” (We are dying) demonstration scheduled for February 18.
The NPP last week announced plans to stage a demonstration over what they described as the worsening power and economic crisis.
After a meeting with the party, the Greater Accra Regional Police Commander, DCOP Christian Tetteh Yohuno said, “We have concluded all security arrangements with the party.”
Citi News has gathered there were disagreements between the Police and the party over the designated routes to use, but the two parties eventually arrived at a consensus.
The 2016 Presidential Candidate for the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo, will lead the demonstration, according to the Deputy Director of Communications of the party, Anthony Karbo.
“Nana Akufo-Addo will be at the forefront of this demonstration because he needs to show that it is the concern and welfare of Ghanaians that matters,” Karbo said.
According to Mr. Karbo, the NPP’s criticism and planned protest is legitimate since the crisis, according to him, has lasted for three years under the Mahama administration.
President John Mahama has said he remains committed to his promise of ending the power crisis.
He spoke at this year’s annual convention of the Saviour Church of Ghana at Osiem in the Eastern region last week.
“The plans we have for the nation are for the future and not just for today. We have signed agreement with a number of companies that will bring in 3,000 megawatts of power on board.When we add 3,000 megawatts of power to the existing 2,800 megawatts we will have enough for everything,” the President said.
It is emerging that the office of the President has expressly directed the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) to provide funding or a financial guarantee to support the government’s plans to bring two power barges from Turkey to ease the nation’s power problems.