The Member of Parliament for Builsa South Dr. Clement Apaak has opined that Ghanaians are experiencing hardship, hopelessness and disillusionment under the current leadership of President Akufo-Addo.
The legislator says all hope is lost with only those he described as the ruling clan enjoying.
The MP who has been critical of the current administration adds that what makes the situation more worrying is that state institutions are not performing their duties.
He said these institutions are protecting the elite who have defrauded, stolen and mismanaged state resources.
He warns there is a recipe for disaster if the current trend of events continues without any form of intervention.
He commended Mr. Sam Jonah for calling truth to power in his recent speech which has generated controversies.
He averred that the opinion by the statesman that Ghana was back to the culture of silence was true because if you should criticize the government, you are attacked by members of government.
Senior citizen, Sam K. Jonah, recently decried a culture of silence under President Nana Akufo-Addo.
Mr. Jonah, in his recent public lecture with Rotarians in Accra under the theme: Down the Up Escalator: Reflections on Ghana’s Future by a Senior Citizen, bemoaned that many individuals and civil society organizations that used to speak up against social ills have all gone quiet under President Nana Akufo-Addo despite wanton corruption, killing and torturing of journalists, and rising moral degeneration in the Ghanaian society.
He added, “My own personal experience with the judiciary is that of frustration, lengthy and costly proceedings. Some lawyers take pride in being masters of legal gymnastics. Every opportunity to delay cases are seized. The Commercial Courts which were set up to speed up the dispensation of justice have been a huge disappointment. Disputes involving land overwhelm the courts. Land acquisition is a most important factor in investment decision making. Any prolonged litigation over land frustrates the investor.”
Reacting, Dr. Apaak said what the senior citizen said was the truth and should not be taken lightly.
He also referred to the message by former President John Mahama on Mayday saying, Ghanaians are struggling and we need people to voice out.
Former President John Dramani Mahama has also indicated that Ghanaians are going through unbearable hardship and suffering from an ever-increasing cost of living.
In his May 1, message he said “Incidentally, an increase in existing taxes & introduction of new ones, and which take effect from today, May Day, is leading to steep rises in the prices of fuel, food & every basic item.
This will worsen the plight of citizens even further. This is in addition to power outages and shortage of water in many homes, cities and municipalities.
On this May Day 2021, with hardship set to worsen, I call on His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo to stretch a hand of cooperation to all Ghanaians, able to play a role in rescuing our dear nation from the abyss it is falling.
On this occasion of May Day, as I salute the suffering workers of Ghana and all Ghanaians, let me also take the opportunity to wish the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, well and urge him to take the measures needed to bring relief to suffering Ghanaians.
In addition, I encourage the President and his close associates to seize the occasion to create an atmosphere that is more tolerant of criticism and devoid of intimidation in order for the media, CSOs and individuals to freely express themselves and contribute to national discourse.
We in the NDC stand ready to play our part in offering constructive suggestions that will bring Ghana back onto a path of growth and prosperity.”
Dr. Apaak believes other senior personalities in the country should also speak in the interest of the nation.
“Folks, hardship, despair, hopelessness, disillusionment is what pertains in Ghana today. Well, except you are a member of the RULING CLAN!
Even more worrying is the the lack of faith in public institutions coupled with the growing image of the ruling elite as a group only interested in duping, defrauding and capturing the state, a deadly receipe for disaster.
Sir, Sam Jonah spoke the truth, he narrated the True State of our nation, speak out in the interest of our democracy and future folks! Cry my beloved nation!”