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Opposition Parties to demonstrate over high utility tariffs

Written by  Aug 17, 2016
The opposition Political Parties in the Northern Region have disclosed their intentions to hit the principal streets of the Northern Regional Capital, Tamale on Monday August 22, to press home their demand for President Mahama to reduce the electricity prices by at least 50%. The demonstration which is christened “Di-Miiya”, meaning times are hard”, is set to involve all opposition political party executives and their members including all individuals who feels times are indeed hard in the region and the nation as a whole. This follows the parties’ media interactions held on Wednesday June 29, 2016 to express their displeasure concerning what they described as immeasurable hardships that the John Mahama led-NDC government continue to put the people of the North through. The minority parties including the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), the Peoples National Convention (PNC), the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) and the All Peoples Congress (APC) gave an initial ultimatum of one week expired without government responding to their plea. This they say has forced them to hit the streets. At a news conference held by the opposition political parties on Monday in Tamale, the Northern Regional Secretary of the NPP, Mr. Sule Salifu stated that, President Mahama and his NDC led government have completely refused to respond to their request.   “We even relaxed our demands, and waited 48 days and 48 nights and not even an invitation to meet the Regional political heads to sit down and discuss this matter that affect every household and business in the Northern Region, like access to reliable and affordable electricity” he lamented.   Sule Salifu noted the fact that, the government did not respond indicates the John Mahama led administration does not care for the people of the north and added that the President has also dished out to all the opposition parties the arrogance of power syndrome. The parties revealed their determination to show to the whole world that President Mahama and his government cannot continue to take the people of the north for granted. ”For every three people who may agree with the President, we can count on at least 7 more who are sick and tired of the lies, deception, unemployment, rising cost of living, lack of irrigation, bad roads, and the institutionalized version of stealing from the coffers of the state”, Sule Salifu decried. He added it is the first time in recent history that minority political parties in the northern region merged together to fight a course. By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe
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