AFAG To Hit The Streets November 4

Pressure group, Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) has set November 4, 2014 to demonstrate against what the group describes as “excessive abuse and misuse of state resources by National Democratic Congress (NDC) appointees”. According to AFAG, “Ghanaians have not seen any value for money ever since the NDC took over from the NPP in 2009.” A press statement signed by some members of AFAG said there seemed to be a well organised attempt to strip the state of its funds by dishonest appointees filled with greed. It said, “Ghanaians have not seen any value for money. We cannot boast of capital investments. We can only boast of well organised corruption. Every day and it's new revelation of waste and misuse of state resources. There appears to be a well organised attempt to strip the state naked of its funds by dishonest appointees filled with greed.” The group cited the increasing public debt (from GH˘8 billion as of January 2009 to GH˘56 billion as April 2014), abandoned public projects and collapsed social investment schemes such as the National Health Insurance Scheme, the School Feeding Programme and the capitation grant as some of the failures on the part of government. AFAG also accused President Mahama of looking on to “the mess” and called for him to resign, saying, “Mr President your inability to resign is fast forwarding our backwardness”. Read Full Statement Below: Massive "Demo" on 4th November All is set for AFAG's mass action to demonstrate against the excessive abuse and misuse of state resources by NDC appointees causing severe economic hardship to Ghanaians. Ever since the NDC took over from the NPP in 2009, Ghanaians have not seen any value for money. We cannot boast of capital investments. We can only boast of well organised corruption. Every day and it's new revelation of waste and misuse of state resources. There appears to be a well organised attempt to strip the state naked of its funds by dishonest appointees filled with greed. Ghanaians are only saddled with huge public debt (from Ghc 8 billion as of January 2009 to Ghc56 billion as April 2014), abandoned public projects (affordable housing,Accra-Kumasi road, the Tarkwa, Bogoso ,Prestea and Ayamfori roads have been abandoned in spite of the fact that the NDC government inherited a secured amount of 350million USD, the Asankragwaa- Enchi road has not seen the day of light even though the Kufour-led NPP government secured an EU grant of 73million euros etc), and collapsed social investment schemes( NHIS, School feeding program, Capitation grant etc). The system is hopeless because of politics of patronage and inactions by the president. We are now on our knees begging for support from the IMF. Why don’t we hand ourselves over to the British for re-colonisation as the NDC has proven that the Ghanaian is unable to run his own affairs, Very sad. CLIMATE OF CORRUPTION NDC's John Mahama Government is corruption ordained. The system breeds corruption on daily basis. John Mahama is clueless in the midst of well organised thievery by his looting officials leaving hanging, several cases of corruption allegations. Worst off is the inability for the AGs office to enforce cases of corruption that judgement has been passed. Is this the better Ghana agenda? Does the better Ghana agenda legitimize corruption? What has happen to? WOYOME,WATERVILLE, ISOFOTON, SADA,GYEEDA, ASUNTABA, ZEERA, SUBAH, NDC $20M Ultra-modern office, the $88M Umbraer jet scandal, Rambo styled sale of Merchant Bank, Huaweis $150M deal with $43M tax exemption for financing the NDC's 2012 elections, Ridge hospital's expansion work well inflated to $305M against crown agent advice of building it at $160M, Construction Pioneers’ dubious judgement debt of €90M. This is but, a few of the corruption cases cited for the purpose of our action. PROFLIGATE EXPENDITURE In a country well impoverished by John Mahama, it is sad to note that the size of the presidency has more than doubled as it stands at 678. It has lots of presidential aides, political advisors and ministers of state. This is a clear demonstration of profligacy. The construction of a new accommodation for the vice president while the official residence of the president remains unoccupied is unimaginable. MDA bosses following same with various rent scandals(NHIA boss spending $72 000 on rent , NPA spending $63, 000 per month on rent, BOG Governor spending over $350 000 on rent, CHRAJ boss sleeping in a hotel and causing the tax payer over $200 000 on rent etc) ECONOMIC HARDSHIP In the midst of all this profligate expenditures, corruption and inactions by the president, the NDC appointees continue to glorify themselves with state resources as Ghanaians are made to pay for their recklessness. We can no more pay for high utility tariffs amidst poor services. The high inflation is killing us. We cannot trust government’s figures. They say inflation is lower while we are been hit with weekly debilitating increases in the prices of goods and services. We are in a state of hopelessness, fuel shortages and threat of future shortages all over. The youth are jobless. They can’t afford to rent just a one bedded facility. The educational system has collapsed. Cholera is all over. Poor quality of health has become the order of the day in cities and towns across the country. Import duties continue to soar. The cedi stability is in doubt as the cost of buying major currencies i.e, USD remain high. Nothing works. Everything the NDC government touches turns to dust.The president continues to look on to the mess. Mr. President your inability to resign is fast forwarding our backwardness. Enough is enough! The time is now. Ghanaians must rise up to call for mass actions to register our displeasure to John Mahama's governance. We have to shake the foundations of government to abandon their open crave for opulence and corruption that has brought untold hardship on Ghanaians. The President is sleeping on the job. Ghana is a hell to live in under president Mahama. We need to set ourselves free from the John Mahama's economic servitude by drawing the world's attention to Ghana's economic mess through mass actions. It is in this regard that we have slated Tuesday the 4th of November for AFAG's Demo. We call on all well-meaning Ghanaians and civil society groups to join hands with us in this endeavour. Signed: Haruna Asante 0248274646 Hon. Appietu Ankra - 0244375034 Wesly owusu - 0544759734 Dr. Nana Ayew Afriyie