Ghana dispatch: more street demonstrations reflect growing discontent with government


She sends this dispatch from Accra. She sends this dispatch from Accra.

On October 3, Accra, Ghana’s capital, and a city with more than two million residents, witnessed two powerful protests. The first protest took place in Ashiaman. Residents of Ashiaman, despite a

from the police, organized a protest to bring attention to the poor state of the road network. Ernest Henry Norgbey stood in solidarity with his constituency and condemned the government’s lack of action despite extensive attempts to address the dire conditions on the roads within and outside of the parliamentary realm. The protesters sentiment seemed to be that their roads remain neglected due to Ashaiman being a stronghold of the National Democratic Congress, the major opposition to the incumbent Ghanaian government.spirited community fervently advocating for the urgent repair of their deteriorating road infrastructureIn the other and actually larger protest later the same day, a coalition comprising the parliamentary minority and various civil society organizations converged at the Circle Interchange in Accra. The Ghana Police had issued a statement significant police presence highlighting their preparations for the protest. They later appeared to have met this goal, as the Inspector-General of Police was

Among the demonstrators was their Member of Parliament,. The protesters demanded the resignation of Dr. Ernest Addison, the Governor of Bank of Ghana. Ghana’s currency reserves have fallen by $6.3 billion USD under Dr. Addison in the last two years. The central bank has also been reported to have printed GHS 77 billion to fund government spending. The country has lately made its seventeenth trip to the International Monetary Fund for a GHS 37.8 billion bailout with hopes of restoring macroeconomic stability.

Meanwhile on X, (formerly Twitter), the hashtag press statement#OccupyBoGcited congratulating his men for a job well done.

quickly gained traction, with many Ghanaians using the hashtag to share their stories of hardship and to call for change.A day after the said protest the Governor of the Bank of Ghana retorted, saying; the protest was completely unnecessary seeing that the minority in parliament have so many other channels to channel their grievances. As a Ghanaian I am struck by how often the major economic policies of the current government seem to be a placebo. Policymakers at the table often show a lamentable lack of concern for the needs and well-being of their people. The majority of Ghanaians have had enough of these stakeholders playing games. The national daily minimum wage for Ghana is GHS14.88 (USD1.42). The national daily minimum wage in Ghana is GHS14.88 ($1.42).