Akufo-Addo’s convoy booed in Kumasi
The hardship suffered by a section of Ghanaians in the wake of the economic downturn is getting more apparent than ever.
The citizenry appears not to be dumbing down on their will to make their concerns known to the government as the administration promises better days ahead with the much-sought IMF bailout.
On September 24, President Akufo-Addo was given an unfriendly reception by youthful partygoers at the Global Citizen Festival in Accra.
During the festival, the president had been introduced to tout the government’s initiatives in prioritising vital causes in line with the organisers’ mission for social justice.
But even before the president could make his point, the crowd of youthful revellers chanted against his presence.
Some of the attendees hooted at him and chanted “Away!” as the President delivered his speech. But government communicators have described the development as the doing of the opposition NDC while Tourism Minister insists they were rather cheers.
About three weeks down the line, a similar incident occurred, this time in the Ashanti regional capital of Kumasi.
The inspection of the Kejetia/Central Market Project Phase II was on the President’s agenda on Monday, October 17.
On their way to the Kumasi Central Market, the convoy was met by scores of traders in Adum who had earlier displayed their ware on sale.
But on seeing the vehicles converting the president and government officials, the group comprising market women, hawkers and artisans did not hesitate to express their displeasure at the entourage.
In a video posted on the microblogging platform, TikTok, passersby are seen joining in the chorus of boos that were hurled at the vehicles as they drove by unabated.
Meanwhile, the President has commissioned a 20-unit residential facility for justices of the Appeals Court in Kumasi.
The project, which comprises four bedrooms each, a swimming pool and recreational facilities, has been completed on schedule.
It is expected to ease the accommodation pressure of the justices and fast-track adjudication of cases at the Appeals Court in Kumasi.
This means justices of the court, who commute from Accra to Kumasi, can be accommodated in Kumasi to help reduce the cost and time to promote justice delivery.
Ahead of the commissioning, Project Manager of FeDems Limited, consultants for the project, Benjamin Fosuhene Asante, told JoyNews the facilities are tailor-made for the justices.