In what was supposed to be a meeting with the Inspector General of Police (IGP), 6 Cabinet ministers in the Akufo-Addo government were already seated waiting for the convener of the #FIXTHECOUNTRY Demonstrations slated for May 9th 2021, lawyer Oliver Barker-Vormawor.
Also seated in the meeting was National Communications Authority boss Joseph Anokye.
The ministers in the meeting who signed for the demonstration to go ahead in the IGP’s presence include Interior Minister Ambrose Dery, Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul, National Security Minister Kan Dapaah, Foreign Affairs Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, and AG Godfred Dame.
The high powered delegation for the meeting means the government is taking the protest and the issues more seriously than initially suspected.
The idea of the demonstrations started when some unhappy Ghanaians took to social media to vent their spleens over what many describe as a failure on the part of successive governments to improve the lives of the citizenry.
Mostly made up of the youth, tens of thousands of posts have been made on social media highlighting some of these inadequacies dubbed #FIXTHECOUNTRY.
Some Twitter users say the impact of government is not being felt on the ground with the government responding by asking citizens to fix their attitude and themselves first.
Dominant in the sentiments shared on Twitter are rising youth unemployment, dilapidated health system, skyrocketing home-renting structure, poor road networks among others.
“This is the right time for us to stand up and come together as one people to speak and let them [government] know that we are tired,” Joshua Boye-Doe, a social media user and initiator of the #FixTheCountry campaign said.
Graphic’s Dela Russel Ocloo
The lawyer who met the cabinet ministers and appears to be the leading the call for the Akufo-Addo government to FixTheCountry says the group has no leaders pushing its agenda, shooting down claims that a Graphic reporter is the leader.
Oliver Barker-Vormawor said “For the avoidance of doubt, the call to Fix the Country, has no leaders. It has no followers. It is the bubbling up of spontaneity and citizen action at its finest. At no point, did anyone who sympathizes with the call have any conversation to elect Ms. Della as leader.”
According to him, the projection of Della Russel Ocloo, a journalist, as the leader of the movement was a mistake resulting from a leaked document.
He explained that her name had only been penciled down in an earlier version of a document as a resource person to advice on how the media could be used to spark a conversation on fixing Ghana.
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