Fallout From Power & Water Disruptions

By Newman Dotse

NDC and NPPInformation reaching The Citizen Newspaper indicates that NPP party officials have planned to cause disaffection for the NDC government to make it unpopular among the citizenry by using their aficionados in the utility services such as water and electricity to cause artificial disruption in a bid to invoke the anger of the public against the government to pave way for their success in the forthcoming elections.

The Citizen has intercepted a comprehensive report on NPP’s secret meeting held at Adabraka on Wednesday August 31st 2011 around 11 o’clock p.m in a large compound where speeches on how the “all die be die” slogan will be executed to ensure victory for the NPP in the upcoming elections, were delivered by the officials delegated by the NPP party which include Mr. Anthony Carbo, the national youth Organizer; Mr. John Kumah of the Young Patriots and Mr. Samuel Awuku from the communications team of the party.

Speeches delivered by the above delegates were centered on the manner in which the so-called “all die be” programme professed to cause commotion will be executed to ensure total victory for the NPP. The first phase of the plan shall be, causing disaffection for this government to make it unpopular among the citizenry as mentions were made of the following as the biting weapons with emphasis on price hikes through the following: 1. The travelling public all over the country would be forced to pay increased fares. 2. Increase of prices of commodities in the markets and all other selling points. 3. Deliberate power outages all over, especially in the cities and towns. 4. Causing artificial water shortages in the cities and towns.

According to them, these programmes take immediate effect after the message has gotten to the regions and the districts, before, during and after the Christmas and also into the elections. (The Christmas mentioned here was the last Christmas celebrated in 2011) They say other measures shall follow should the NPP fail to win the forthcoming election.

This meeting, by the information available to The Citizen, closed in the early hours of Thursday.

By the above information, The Citizen can state that the utility service providers and the regulators are in bed with the opposition NPP as Ghanaians are currently feeling the heat of the professed plan by the NPP to paint this government black by covertly and overtly inflicting pain on innocent Ghanaians all in the name of winning election.

Today, there is water shortage everywhere. As for the power outages, everybody in Ghana knows that the country is experiencing the worse form of power outages ever, while prices of commodities on the market keep soaring each passing day. The Citizen would like to ask as to whether the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) is also part of this game? If the answer is no, then it beats the imagination of this writer as to why the NPA came out with a fuel price increase between Christmas and New Year, knowing very well that civil servants had already budgeted for their lorry fares before embarking on the Christmas trips. Clearly, the NPA wants the public to get stuck and feel the pain so that it can bring out its anger against the government.

When NPA came out with the recent fuel price, Ghanaians reacted to the increment with mixed feelings that it came at a wrong time just to tarnish the image of the government.

Increases in fuel prices and transport fares announced by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) and the Ministry of Transport early this year fuelled the anger of the public because salary workers had already made budget to cover their December salary, more especially towards the Christmas and the New year celebration and did not expect such a strange announcement by the NPA.

While the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and some commercial transport owners, drivers and passengers have expressed disappointment, those who took the decision knowing very well what they were doing said the decision was in the best interest of the economy.

A statement signed by the General Secretary of the TUC, Mr Kofi Asamoah at that time, said it had noted with “deep concern and outright dismay” the announcement by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) of fuel price increases between 15 and 30 percent.”

The TUC said the increases during the yuletide with all the commitments of Ghanaian workers as well as the imminent payment of the school fees of wards in January, 2012, were astronomical.

“We find it difficult to appreciate how government could slap such astronomical increases on the Ghanaian workers, their families and the travelling public in the middle of the Christmas festivities, especially, when many workers went into the season without receiving their salaries. Working people also have school fees and other commitments in early January to pay,” the statement said.

While pointing out that the timing of the announcement of fuel price increases was wrong and unacceptable, the TUC emphasised the untold hardship the increases would bring to families and households.

The TUC noted that the fuel price increase announced by the NPA was the second increase for the year, with the first increase announced on January 3, 2011, with the increase of between 20 and 30 percent.

“For 2011, therefore, Ghanaians have had to endure a cumulative increase of between 35 and 60 per cent increases in fuel prices.

The above statement emanating from the trade union means that the detractors have succeeded with their plans to destroy the government by wheedling service providers, regulators and traders to do unacceptable things. It is about time the government machinery woke up from its long sleep, took stringent measures to counter these moves by the detractors and curtail their plans.


Source: The Citizen Newspaper ([email protected])             +233 27 731 4655


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