The Akufo-Addo-led administration is committed to fixing the country, Courage Nobi, a member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said.
He told Morning Update host Eric Ahianyo that their government inherited the numerous challenges confronting Ghanaians and assured that President Nana Akufo-Addo and his team are poised to tackle them.
Norbi’s comment comes in the back of pressure social media users are piling on the government to put things right through a hashtag #Fixthecountry.
#Fixthecountry started gaining recognition on twitter over the weekend after a Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) old student, Kaly Jay began the campaign over the weekend which caught the attention of other Ghanaian social media users who have now resorted to the hashtag to put out their frustrations.
From high fuel prices to erratic water and power supply, most Ghanaian social media users have called for a change of how the country is ran by the NPP government .
Others also used the hashtag to convey their anger on how illegal small scale mining (Galamsey) has destroyed the country’s water bodies and arable lands.
Most believe the government is pretending to be fighting the canker.
Reacting to the social media campaign that was among the top trends on twitter on Sunday, Nobi asked Ghanaians to bear with the government.
“Some of the things we inherited ie galamsey… is being fixed,” he stated and emphasized on the commitment of the new Lands and Natural Minister to clamp down on galamsey activities.
He further explained that when illegal mining is tackled the quality of water in the country’s rivers will improve and Ghana Water Company Limited would be able to provide water for Ghanaians.
On frequent electricity outages, the NPP man indicated that the Energy Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh had explained the challenges to Ghanaians and working to restore stable power.
Commenting on the campaign, a former Presidential staffer, Prince-Derek Adjei, who was a panel member on the programme, expressed his disappointment at the government, saying the people voted the NPP to power because Nana Akufo-Addo promised to do things differently.
To him, the people who poured out their frustrations on twitter and Facebook were not members of a particular political party but concerned Ghanaians who are disappointed in the Akufo-Addo-led administration.
“They [Ghanaians] are all worried; they are all saying the same thing and they cannot all be wrong, and I do not believe all these people are NDC apparatchiks,” Adjei stated whilst indicating that the over 240,000 Ghanaians that used the #Fixthecountry hashtag spoke on behalf of the millions of Ghanaians who are suffering because of the government’s bad policies.
He noted the introduction of new taxes and the regular power cuts were negatively affecting businesses, adding
that there was real hardship in the country.
“We were lied to,” he said referring to what Nana Akufo-Addo told Ghanaians in the run up to the 2016 elections.
*Even though we have excess electricity, because of poor power management, they [ government] have not been able to fix the situation.
“… And so we are calling on Ghanaians today to demand [for what is due them] it needs to be fixed,” he added.
On galamsey, he said there were evidences that the some military men were protecting illegal miners in the country and called for that to be fixed too.
By Henryson Okrah|Myxyzonline.com