Ghanaians Protest Over High Cost Of Living

By Papisdaff Abdullah

Thousands of Ghanaians took the streets to join pressure group Arise Ghana’s protest over worsening economic conditions in the country. The two-day protest which started at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra is dubbed “Krom AyƐ Hye” demonstration, to wit, “the country is hot”.   The protesters massed up at the converging point holding placards with inscriptions such as; Momo businesses are collapsing, cancel the E-levy, job opportunities for all-scam, double taxation is against the principles of our tax region, one fuel with over 14 taxes-why, Akufo-Addo wake up from your slumber, cost of transportation is killing Ghanaian workers, Russia-Ukraine war has nothing to do with the hikes, reduce fuel prices now, amongst others. They are expressing displeasure with the Nana Addo led governing NPP over the high cost of living in the country. The protestors also raised concerns over the depreciation of the cedi, which they say is crippling a lot of businesses.

“The way the fuel prices have increased is too high… we are tired,” one protestor said. Other protestors pushed back against the government narrative that the Russia invasion of Ukraine was the bane of Ghana’s economic woes. “They [government officials] are quick to blame our sufferings on the Ukraine war, but how on earth will you tell me that the cost of maize which is from last year’s yield is a result of the Ukraine-Russia war which started this year?”

“Ghana has become one of the most expensive countries in the world with a high cost of living,” another protestor lamented. “They [government officials] are quick to blame our sufferings on the Ukraine war, but how on earth will you tell me that the cost of maize which is from last year’s yield is a result of the Ukraine-Russia war which started this year?” “They [government officials] are quick to blame our sufferings on the Ukraine war, but how on earth will you tell me that the cost of maize which is from last year’s yield is a result of the Ukraine-Russia war which started this year?”

Some of the placards also read, “Mr President where is our money?” “We are tired of you and your government,” among others. Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Samuel Nartey George, called on the Akufo-Addo-led government to take steps to alleviate the plight of Ghanaians. “There is no special market for MPs. There is no special tariff for MPs. We also go to the same market like everybody, and I know that before Akufo-Addo became president, I used to buy bread for my children at GHC 3.50. Today, I am buying that same loaf of bread at GHC15. What offence have we committed?” the opposition MP cried out.

Police

Police personnel fired tear gas on the agitated Arise Ghana protestors during the demonstration. This followed the decision of some protestors to pelt stones at the law enforcement agency. Prior to the incident, there was a standoff between the police and protesters over the approved route for the protest. The organisers of the protest resolved to occupy the precincts of the Kwame Nkrumah Circle fountain over the disagreements with the Police. The police for its part insisted on enforcing the orders of the court for the protestors to move through Farisco through TUC to the Independence Square. But the demonstrators had wanted to march towards the Ako Adjei Interchange and with a view to stopping by the Presidency at Jubilee house.

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