Politics of Thursday, 19 February 2015
A senior political science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Stephen Ahiawordor, has described as “unjustified” the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) demonstration against government’s handling of the power crisis.
The NPP’s ‘Won gbo’ demonstration which was organized on Wednesday, was highly patronized by supporters of the party and other Ghanaians.
Thousands were clad in red and black, drumming, clapping and chanting war songs as they marched through the principal streets of Accra.
Most of the NPP MPs reportedly boycotted Wednesday’s sitting and joined the demonstration.
However, speaking to Citi News, Mr. Ahiawordor said the party cannot stage a demonstration against government since the current crisis is a result of the lack of foresight of previous governments, including the NPP.
“This is an accumulated problem, problems that have existed and have not been tackled well over the years. I believe that previous governments have not done their part of the duty to ensure that there is sufficient power for generations unborn,” he remarked.
The political scientist asked the opposition party to refrain from seeking to score cheap political points with such a sensitive national issue.
He noted that the protest was unnecessary especially at a crucial time when government was instituting measures to address the crisis.
“Even political, it is not necessarily that the reasons may be justified particularly when government has outlined a number of measures that is trying to use and particularly when you take to account the fact that this is not a one-day problem.”