June 14, 2024
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Former Deputy Minister Expresses Concerns About Govt’s Disregard for Public Opinion

In recent times, Hon. Abu Kasangbata a former Deputy Minister has raised significant concerns about the prevailing situation in Ghana, particularly regarding the apparent disrespect for public opinion by the ruling government under the leadership of President Nana Akufo-Addo.

These concerns stem from a multitude of factors that have led to a growing sense of discontent among the Ghanaian populace. Ironically, those who have previously benefited from similar major protests in the nation now appear to be in power and are allegedly disregarding public opinion.

This shift in behavior has led to growing frustration and disappointment among the populace. Civil society organizations, which once championed the cause of the people, also seem to be facing a diminishing level of respect and acknowledgment.

The former Deputy Minister has highlighted the importance of international involvement in Ghana’s economic challenges. Organizations such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and other diplomatic communities, as well as external development partners, should take an interest in the country’s growing economic meltdown.

Their involvement is seen as a crucial step in safeguarding the image of Ghana’s multi-party democracy and participatory government. With an upcoming demonstration on the horizon, various stakeholders, including political parties, people in creative industries, market women, fishermen, fishmongers, civil society organizations, taxi drivers associations, the Ghana Hotel Association, GPRTU (Ghana Private Road Transport Union), and Road Contractors Association, have come together with shared concerns.

The former Deputy Minister emphasizes that the government should not only respect these concerns but also address them through effective policies and programs. These measures are seen as vital in mitigating the growing suffering experienced by Ghanaians and their businesses.

An additional concern raised by the former Deputy Minister is the consistent increment of utility bills every three months. This practice, considered one of the hard-core IMF conditionalities, has had a detrimental impact on productivity and the overall welfare of the population.

The concerns voiced by the former Deputy Minister extend beyond economic hardships and disregard for public opinion. They also touch upon a troubling erosion of democracy within the Ghanaian political landscape. While Ghana has long been hailed as a beacon of democracy in Africa, recent events have raised questions about the direction in which the nation is heading.

The former Deputy Minister aptly draws attention to the fact that being a symbol of democracy in Africa does not grant a free pass to cross the red light of democratic principles. In some countries, the erosion of democratic values and the emergence of leadership paralysis have led to dire consequences. It is a stark reminder that no nation, regardless of its democratic heritage, is immune to such challenges.

Furthermore, the former Deputy Minister critiques the leadership style of President Nana Akufo-Addo, asserting that it resembles that of a pseudo leader who fails to heed the voices of his followers and the concerns of his fellow countrymen and women.

This leadership approach, which appears to disregard public opinion and accountability, is deemed unacceptable. The former Deputy Minister issues a powerful call to action. He emphasizes that such a leadership style should be condemned by all meaningful Ghanaians, irrespective of their political orientation.

It is a reminder that the preservation of democratic values and principles transcends partisan lines and should unite citizens in their commitment to a thriving democracy.
Another poignant concern raised by the former Deputy Minister is the role of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the law enforcement apparatus. He emphatically states, “Enough of the IGP and his men and women in uniform.”

This statement reflects a growing frustration with law enforcement and their handling of public demonstrations. Despite the challenges and disappointments, the former Deputy Minister underscores the unwavering will of the Ghanaian citizenry.

This collective resolve remains solid and consolidated, symbolizing a determination to push for positive change in the nation. It’s important to note that the former Deputy Minister’s statements are not intended as an attack on the government but rather as a passionate call for attention to the government’s disregard for public opinion.

The upcoming demonstration is framed as a wake-up call, an opportunity for the government to address the economic challenges that have plagued the nation. In a significant addition to the discourse, the former Deputy Minister highlights one of the core IMF conditionalities affecting productivity – the consistent increment of utility bills every three months.

This policy has had far-reaching consequences on the livelihoods of Ghanaians and has been a contributing factor to the economic challenges faced by the nation. In a stark and sobering assessment, the former Deputy Minister concludes with the assertion that the country is beyond irreparable.

This statement underscores the gravity of the situation and the urgency with which these concerns must be addressed. The former Deputy Minister’s concerns reflect a deep-seated worry about the disregard for public opinion, economic hardships, law enforcement issues, and the impact of IMF conditionalities in Ghana.

They also emphasize the resilience and determination of the Ghanaian people to see positive change in their nation. The road ahead is challenging, but it is a road that many believe must be taken for the betterment of Ghana and its citizens.

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