The #OccupyBoG demonstration did not come to a successful end as expected by the many protestors including Minority Leader Dr Cassiel Ato Forson, who hit the streets today to demand the removal of Bank of Ghana Governor, Dr Ernest Addison, accused of mismanaging the institution.
This is because Dr Ernest Addison, whom the protestors sought to present their petition to, was nowhere to be found on Tuesday evening.
When a delegation comprising some prominent NDC MPs and party leaders such as Asiedu Nketiah, Sammy Gyamfi, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, arrived at the Central Bank premises to present their petition, they were sadly informed of Dr Addison’s absence.
Wing Commander Kwame Asare Boateng (rtd), Director of Security, who arrived to meet the protestors, informed the delegation that Dr Addison is engaging the International Monetary Fund (IMF) hence his audience.
This revelation angered the Minority Leader, who then vented his spleen over what he described as gross disrespect to Parliament and Ghanaians.
“I feel very disrespected as the Leader of the opposition in Parliament. For a simple reason that we demanded to present a petition to the Governor of the Central Bank of the Republic of Ghana otherwise known as the Bank of Ghana. The Governor has two deputies, namely Deputy 1 and Deputy 2.
“Unfortunately, he has decided to disrespect us and his two deputies have also decided to disrespect us by not being here to accept the petition. We never said we are going to present our petition to the head of security or someone responsible for security with all due respect. They have actually mismanaged the affairs of the Central Bank,” he said.
Dr Ato Forson refused to present the petition to Wing Commander Kwame Asare Boateng (rtd), who had been tasked with receiving the protestors.
“They have mismanaged the affairs of monetary policy. You are not the one responsible and we will not give you our petition.
We will not allow you, going forward, to disrespect us and mismanage the Affairs of the people of Ghana. Your act, Bank of Ghana, has indeed pushed 850,000 down the poverty line. We will hold you accountable, particularly the Governor. We are demanding his exit. Now that he had decided to disrespect us, we will not present our petition. We will go and come back again. And we will come back and demand to see him in person.”
He therefore announced that the Minority together with aggrieved Ghanaians will continue to hit the streets until Dr Addsion receives the petition in person.
“The crowd you’ve seen is just the beginning. We will come back again. He should better come in here,” he stated.
He questioned the priority of Dr Addison, who chose a meeting with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over addressing the concerns of the very individuals whose taxes provide him income.
“If he thinks that IMF is more important than the Parliament of Ghana. If he thinks that the IMF is more important than the people of Ghana, he is here, because of the people of Ghana and not IMF. So let him deal with IMF but we will come after him. We will come after him. Until we see him, we are not stopping. This is just the beginning,” he said.
Due to today’s protest, the road leading from Independence Square in front of the National Lotteries to the old Parliament House has been temporarily closed to vehicles due to the demonstration.
To accommodate this closure, traffic had been rerouted from the blocked road to the Starlets traffic light, passing through the Ministry traffic light, in front of the Office of Department of Urban Roads, and then through the National Lotteries to connect with the AMA road to EOCO.
From there, a detour allowed vehicles to rejoin the John Evans Atta Mills Highway at the old Parliament traffic intersection.
The designated routes for the demonstration included gathering at the Obra Spot at Kwame Nkrumah Circle and proceeding through Adabraka, Ridge Roundabout, National Theatre Traffic Light, High Court Complex Traffic Light, Attah Mills Highway, making a U-turn at the National Lottery Authority, and concluding the march at Independence Square.