The New Patriotic Party (NPP) government is the worst Ghana has seen since independence, Member of Parliament for Kumbungu has observed.
The MP, who rode on a bicycle to Parliament on Tuesday to protest the economic hardship Ghanaians are facing under president Nana Akufo-Addo, indicated that although some past governments were refrerred to as ones that superintended over economic hardships, the difficult times Ghanaians are living in under the NPP administration is the “worst” in many years.
“It is under the Akufo-Addo that thousands of people are losing their jobs in the banking sector. Times are hard for all these people and as a Member of Parliament, I had to ride on my bicycle to Parliament and draw the attention of the government to those concerns,” Mr Mubarak told Mugabe Maase, host of Inside Politics on Radio XYZ 93.1.
He said riding a bicycle for 17 kilometres to parliament was to protest the rising cost of living in the country, adding that what the country was experiencing was far from what the NPP promised the Ghanaian people.
“The president himself has admitted that times are hard, we expect that he will apologise to the good people of Ghana for taking us on a ride,” he added.
Earlier today, he told XYZ News’ Parliamentary Correspondent, Charles Akrofi after his arrival, that he took the action in solidarity with the many Ghanaians who are facing economic hardship the Akufo-Addo led government has unleashed onto them.
“As a representative of the people, if Ghanaians are complaining , if my people are complaining, if journalists are complaining, if media people are being laid off then it is incumbent on us As elected officials to voice out their concerns” he added.
He went on to criticise the government for turning deaf ears to the plights of the millions of Ghanaians who are finding it difficult to make ends meet following some policies the Akufo-Addo administration introduced after assuming power in 2017.
“Government officials who should help mitigate the hardship have filled their ears with pieces of cotton so they can’t hear Ghanaians.They have appointed 110 ministers and have decided not to listen to any citizen,” Mr Mubarak added.
He indicated that his action was not a populist one but to solidarise with the masses who he said were suffering, adding that “It was to highlight the levels of sufferings, the burning injustices in our society” that influenced his action.
“As a member of Parliament, my constituents elected me to represent me and if they are crying over hardships, I have to draw the attention of the government to it.