The Coalition for Social Justice (CSJ), has launched a blistering attack at President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for collapsing the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and other businesses of Ghanaians including unfulfilling of many flagship programmes and projects he promised Ghanaians prior to 2016 general elections.
According to the group, the NHIS is collapsing under the Akufo-Addo government, “and we are back to the era of Dumsor.”
“Many flagship promises of President Akufo-Addo such as One constituency One million dollars per year, One Village One Dam, One District One Factory, and the promised fight against corruption remain unfulfilled. Due to the excessive reckless borrowings of the Akufo-Addo government, Ghana’s Public debt has increased astronomically by a whopping GHS80 billion in the last two (2) and a half years with very little to show for,” the CSJ noted in a statement.
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The unfulfillment of these promised has informed the decision of CSJ to announce plan to stage a massive on Tuesday July 2, 2019 in Accra and called on the general to join its force.
The march which is dubbed “Kum Yen Preko” is to protest the increasing levels of economic hardship and rising oppression under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo.
“As a key stakeholder of our democratic and development process, we note with deep concern, that ever since President Akufo-Addo ascended the Presidency, he and his government have pursued policies that have left many worse-off and increasingly vulnerable.
“We note among other things; the unbearable cost of living in the country occasioned by high cost of fuel, continuous depreciation of the Cedi and the skyrocketing increases in prices of goods and services without a corresponding increase in wages,”
The two page statement which was signed and issued by the Convener of CSJ, Mr Sammy Gyamfi and copied to myafricatoday.com said many Ghanaians continue to lose their jobs, while Contractors remain unpaid.
Aside these, the statement noted with dismay, the several acts of oppression that have characterized the Akufo-Addo regime.
In the last two (2) and half years, the statement asserted that the Akufo-Addo government has sought to obscure and muzzle-out any opposition to their misgovernance by resorting to persistent harassment of political opponents and independent dissenting voices
It stressed that “We refer among other things, to the attacks on press freedom such as the gruesome murder of investigative journalist Ahmed Suale, the harassment and intimidation of journalists like Joy FM’s Manesseh Azuri, Star FM’s Edward Adeti, Radio XYZ’s Kwame Minka etc., as well as the gestapo shutdown of Radio Gold, Radio XYZ and other media organizations.”
The statement continued that “We also refer to the continuous harassment of the National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, the several acts of lawlessness and the deployment of the coercive powers of state for the purpose of intimidating and silencing political opposition as was witnessed at Ayawaso West Wuogon.
These acts, the statement mentioned coupled with increasing levels of insecurity and impunity in the country, arbitrary dismissals and victimization of workers, and the politically-motivated collapse of businesses perceived to belong to opponents, are calculated to aid the ”state capture” agenda of President Akufo-Addo and the NPP.
In view of the above, the statement urged Ghanaians from all walks of life to join CSJ on Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019 to drum home a clear message to the Akufo-Addo government.
The statement stressed that the group invited all progressive forces and political allies in this struggle to join “us as we remind the Akufo-Addo regime that, it was elected to improve the living conditions of the Ghanaian and not to worsen them.”
The statement maintained that “They swore to respect human rights and freedoms and not to suppress same. Enough is enough!”
Source:Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU