The Coalition of Progressive Forces of Northern Ghana (COP-Northern Ghana), organisers of the MIISIM Demonstration, has rescheduled their planned demonstration which was slated for Saturday, August 20, 2022, to Saturday, 3rd September 2022.
According to the group, the decision to call off the demonstration was as a result of the unforeseen happenings in Dagbon – the sudden demise of the chief of Mion, Naa Abdulai Mahamadu and Tugu-Yapalisi Naa, Alhaji Abdulai Ibrahim Mobila who doubled as the Northern Regional Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The King and people of Dagbon are mourning. We mourn and sympathize with the King and people of Dagbon on the passing of two Prominent Chiefs in the persons of Mion-Lana Mahamadu Abdulai and Tug-Yapalsi Naa Alhaji Ibrahim Mobila, whose sudden deaths occurred on the 17th and 16th of August respectively, the group told journalists at a press conference yesterday.
As citizens and residents of Dagbon, we recognize our shared responsibilities in mourning with the King and people and honouring the traditions of Dagbon. Given these unforeseen happenings, our planned demonstration of Saturday, the 20th of August 2022, has been moved to Saturday, 3rd September 2022, between 8am and 4pm, COP-Northern Ghana added.
They used the opportunity to thank supporters, individuals and organisations that are sponsoring the demo, entreating them to bear them over the two weeks
Broadly, the demonstration is against economic hardships and bad governance in Ghana.
The specific grievances of misgovernance and mismanagement of the economy that the demonstration seeks to bring to the attention of the government for redress include unbearable costs of food, fuel, electricity, transportation, water, rent, etc. High cost of farming inputs (fertilizer, seeds, tractors, etc), Massive and grand corruption eating away human development, Declining incomes and collapsing businesses, Ballooning national debt, putting generations yet to be born in debt peonage, Heightened insecurity in the country (e.g., brazen armed robbery and signs of terrorism on the horizon); Egregious human rights abuses such as the killings of journalists and innocent Ghanaians (e.g., Ahmed Sualey, Kaaka Macho, and six others during the 2020 elections); Treatment of citizens with contempt by government appointees (e.g., flaunting ill-gotten wealth in their faces of poor Ghanaians with their profligate lifestyles); Obscene inequities in the conditions of service of public servants (e.g., huge ex-gratia of article 71 office holders, relative to the pittances paid to other public servants as social security).
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