A convener of the #FixTheCountry campaigners, Okatakyie Afrifa Mensah has warned that the youth of Takoradi and the Western Region could revolt anytime soon should the government fail to address the unemployment and developmental needs of the people in the region. According to him the Western Region despite its rich mineral deposits and other natural resources has been deprived of key developmental infrastructure and jobs.
Okatakyie Afrifa Mensah disclosed that the neglect as he’s observed over the past years and with his recent visit to the region makes him fear the people would rise against the government and its leaders soon. He noted that the rate of unemployment, child prostitution, poor roads, the poor state of health infrastructure, and among others is a great concern of the people.
Speaking on Connect FM prior to the mega demonstration in Takoradi today, Okatakyie Afrifa Mensah said the people of Takoradi and the Western Region deserve better given that it is host to key national infrastructure and economic resources such as the harbor, oil and gas hub, mining and agriculture. He disclosed that the lives of the people are impoverished that one couldn’t fathom how exploitative the government has been to the region.
“The young boys and girls in the Western Region are rotting away. As young as 9, 11, 13, 14 are into prostitution, all because of child prostitution. The region is sitting on a time bomb, and I am saying this out of pain…that my dear sisters and brothers in the region are hurting too.
“People are not getting work to do despite seeing the oil rig close to their homes. Do they need a certificate to be cleaners on the oil rig? Do we need to produce a certificate so people in the region could get some meaningful employment to these basic works there?” he chanted.
Early this morning, the same words are resonating across the streets of Takoradi as protestors kick off with the demonstration. With his megaphone, Okatakyie Afrifa Mensah said there is no reason the people of the region must be poor if leaders have been thoughtful and selfless in seeking the development of the people.
He reiterated the call for a constitutional change to back the transformation and development they wish Ghana should have. On this day, the #FixTheCountry protestors anticipate a mammoth gathering in the Western Region; home of the first President of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah to demand from government, responsible and accountable leadership, and above all a constitutional change that reflects the aspirations of the people, and thus grants equal rights to every citizen irrespective of status.
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