- The Minority caucus in parliament has urged Ghanaians, especially traders, drivers and unemployed youth to rise up and resist the hardship economy imposed by the Nana Akufo Addo led New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.
According to the Minority, since Akufo Addo and his party took over governance in 2017, there has not been any tangible economic programme to relief the plight of Ghanaians, contrary to their 2016 elections campaign promises.
They expressed the concern that, as many Ghanaians are complaining of high rising cost of goods and services, especially food staff and fuel, the government is bent on imposing new taxes onto the already hardship economy.
The Minority expressed these sentiment on the floor of Parliament when President Akufo-Addo’s delivered his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) in parliament on Thursday February 8,2017.
Dressed in black attires to the chamber while the president deliver his address to the nation, the Minority intermittently sang the last line of the first Stanza of the National Anthem, urging Ghanaians to resist oppressor rule economy imposed on the nation by the current government.
Besides the usual parliamentary heckling and booing to express their displeasure in some of the decision, the Minority at the end of the national anthem, reecho the last line, which reads, “And help us to resist oppressors’ rule, With all our will and might for evermore,” repeatedly urging Ghanaians to resist hardship economic policies.
They also said, they were in black attire because, the nation democracy is at the most sorrowful state and that they have no alternative than to mourn with the President and the Speaker, “the chief mourners” of state.
Some members of the minority parliamentarians were also seen with tape clue to their mouths to wit they would not want to utter a word as in their view, their contribution on the floor was not needed.
They said, they were acting so following the decision of the Majority side not to incorporate their views in the finding of the “Cash for Seat” saga report which was set up by the Speaker, following a motion brought by Minority Chief Whip, Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka.
Three of such MPs were Edward Abambire Bawa, MP for Bongo, Ras Mubarak MP for Kumbungu) and Alhassan Suhuyini,MP for Tamale North constituencies.
Ras Mubarak explained to the Media that the rationale behind the mouth-taping was to expressed their cncerns of the Speaker allowing the minority to speak, while the majority have their way.
He added that it was also to drum home their concerns about how democracy was being run down in Ghana by the Akufo-Addo administration.
Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, who also wore black, described President Akufo-Addo’s address as ‘State of Promises.’
Thee Tamale South Member of Parliament in his seeming light-hearted comment, thanked the President for delivering what he termed, “his State of Promises Address”.
“Mr President, we have heard you on your State of Promises address,” said Haruna Iddrisu in seconding a motion for the adjournment of Thursday’s sitting.
The Minority Leader’s comments suggest that he viewed the President’s address not as one depicting the nation’s current state but rather continuation of many of such the President promised during the 2016 elections campaign.
Haruna Iddrisu rounded up by comically suggesting: “I would have wished the President would have arrived here to deliver his address on a Takoradi train as he touted.”
Minority Chief Whip Muntaka Mubarak also said the president “wasted all his time talking about what he was going to do.”
For him, nothing new was said than what the President told Ghanaian in his 2017 state of the nation address and that sme of the things the government claimed to have done were all projects initiated by the previous National Democratic Congress(NDC)
Sources: www.therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba