From Michael Boateng, Sunyani.
Hundreds of workers poured out on to the streets of Sunyani to register their discontent with the recent increases in utility tariffs and prices of petroleum products.
Though the number was not as huge as that of the “Wongbo” demonstration organised against erratic electricity power supply in February, 2015, this was well organised.
It was expected that all workers and some concerned Ghanaians join the nationwide demonstration to compel the government to reverse the tariff and petroleum price increases, but most of the workers were seen clad in red and black attire, standing in front of their work places, waving in solidarity with their colleagues who marched through the streets of Sunyani.
Some of the workers who were clad in red and black outfits, but failed to join in the procession, told The Chronicle that they were apathetic to the march due to the “Dead Goat” attitude of the President.
They indicated that the President had, on several occasions, demonstrated his insensitivity to the plight of the Ghanaian, and not ready to listen, no matter how hard or loud Ghanaians shout or complain.
Mrs. Charity Obosu, a teacher, narrated that during the “Wongbo” demonstration there was a clash between the demonstrators and the police, resulting in an injury she sustained, but nothing was done by the government, despite the nationwide cry against the erratic power supply. She, therefore, this time, decided to put on red attire and support them in spirit.
“We are unhappy about the new taxes which have brought undue pressure on us and our families, but the experience I had would not let me join the procession; you can see that I am now using a clutch to aid my movement, but all the same, I am in full support of the demonstration,” Mr. Prosper Dabo, another demonstration victim told The Chronicle.
The Brong-Ahafo Regional Chairman of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Mr. Jacob Anaba, indicated that the recent increases were unbearable, and that it would be prudent for the government to listen to the cry of Ghanaians and reverse them, or consider what the Labour Unions are demanding for peace to prevail.
He expressed optimism that the government would, this time, listen and reverse the situation, if not the demonstration would be followed by a nationwide strike on January 21 and 22, 2016. The demonstration is just a ‘Yellow Card’, he added. Mr. Joseph Kwame Ankamah, Brong-Ahafo Regional Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) presented the Unions’ petition to the Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, Justice Samuel Adjei.