July 21, 2024
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We Might Be Tempted To Boycott Parliament- Asiedu Nketiah

The Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, has said that the Minority in Parliament might boycott sittings if the Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Dr. Ernest Addison fails to avail himself to receive a petition following the anti-BoG protests.

“If it comes to a point where that (minority will have to boycott parliament) is the only way out, it will be done,” he said, adding, “We don’t want to come to a point where parliament will have to boycott Addison”.

Mr Nketiah said it was disrespectful for Dr Addison to send the head of security at the BoG to receive a petition on his behalf during protests on Tuesday.

Despite all efforts, Dr Addison was absent to receive the petition, compelling protesters to plan another march to ensure the petition gets to the apex bank chief.

“In other countries, where the tolerance level is not that high, they would have resorted to a coup d’etat to remove the president. We are a tolerant and civilized people. We want to use democratic means to solve our problems,” he explained.

The Minority Leader, Cassiel Ato Forson, who led the protest on October 3, said he finds the action of the BoG boss completely disrespectful.

The protesters’ reaction comes after Mr Addison’s failure to meet them in person and sent his Head of Security, Wing Commander Kwame Asare Boateng, in his stead.

Retired Wing Commander Boateng explained that the BoG Governor and his deputies were in a crunch meeting with the IMF, thus failing to appear.

To ensure the BoG Governor receives the petition himself, the peeved protesters said they would return another day to present the petition.

“It is very disrespectful not to receive the petition himself. Not even the deputy is here, and we never said we were going to present our petition to the head of security. They have mismanaged the affairs of the central bank. Today, we say enough is enough…you are not the one responsible for the mess, so we’ll not give you our petition,” he said.

Adding his voice, the North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, said it clearly reflects the disdain and disregard they have for the Ghanaian populace.

He wondered why the BoG Governor and his deputies would choose to meet the International Monetary Fund (IMF) team over the good people of Ghana.

The Ningo Prampram MP, Samuel Nartey George, also described their absence as unfortunate.

“I am offended that he will send the watchman to come and receive a petition on monetary policy. He said he is a retired wing commander, so what is he doing here? His business is to fly planes. I mean, what has he got to do with monetary policy and the inflation rate?

“I mean, this is a good indication of where we are. He has called for war, and he will get it big time. He dare not step in Parliament,” he stressed.

The highly anticipated protest, postponed on several occasions, was against the Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Dr. Ernest Addison, and his deputies.

Per an earlier letter, the Minority said the primary focus of the protest was the central bank’s alleged printing of over 80 billion Ghana cedis for the Akufo-Addo government.

They highlighted that this action had contributed to a hyperinflation rate of 54.1% in December 2022, leading to severe economic challenges for Ghanaians.

Furthermore, the caucus indicated that the central bank’s actions have resulted in approximately 850,000 Ghanaians being pushed into abject poverty.

According to the Minority, these actions led to significant losses for the institution, including a loss of GH¢60.8 billion and negative equity of GH¢5.1 billion in 2022.

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