Many attribute the situation to the Rajapaksa administration and regard Mr. Wickremesinghe, who took office as prime minister in May, as contributing to the issue.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been encouraged to postpone its next National Delegates Conference by Sulemana Braimah, Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA).
He claims that the delay will demonstrate how concerned the administration is about the challenges Ghanaians are now facing.
On Wednesday, he wrote on Facebook that it would be inappropriate for the NPP to hold its planned Conference in light of the ongoing economic difficulties that have led to labor unrest.
“I’m pleading with the ruling NPP to think about postponing its scheduled national congress for the election of national officers this week given the dire crisis facing our dear country. That will be a sign that the ruling party is aware of and concerned about the current state of the nation.
The economy has come to a standstill. There are several unions on strike. Public elementary schools have been shuttered nationwide. A major food scarcity is affecting secondary schools. We do not live in ordinary times, he declared.
The nation needs to reflect, have conversations with all sides of the aisle, and come to agreements. Thinking and discussing how to win the upcoming election in 2024 at this time is inappropriate. It will be rather inappropriate for the ruling party to hold the national congress as scheduled, Mr. Braimah said.
The MFWA boss’s counsel ties into a previous cautionary note issued by Professor Ransford Gyampo, a political science lecturer.
Gyampo claims that if candidates show money at the upcoming National Delegates Conference of the NPP, the current labor unrest may worsen.
The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) is set to organise its National Delegates Conference this weekend, to elect new national executives for the party.
Vote-buying has been a recurring theme at political party conferences in Ghana throughout the years, with candidates spending large sums of money to appeal to delegates.
If this occurs at the NPP’s national executive elections on Saturday, according to Professor Gyampo, stakeholders on the labor front would push harder for their demands.
“The money that would be changing hands from now up to the end of Saturday, in the ruling party’s national leadership election,” he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday, “would be part of what would moderate or fuel the stance of all demanding COLA and better incomes in these period of difficulty.”
Currently, a number of labor unions, including the Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU), the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers (CCT), have ceased operations because the government has not paid the Cost of Living Allowance, which is 20 percent of basic salaries (COLA).
Tuesday’s meeting between the administration and the irate workers to break the deadlock came to a standstill when the union leaders left the room.
Senior personnel at the nation’s public institutions are the most recent group to go on strike.
Members of the Senior Staff Association of the Universities of Ghana were told to “go home” by their leadership at a news conference that took place this morning at the University of Ghana’s main entrance.
Health professionals around the nation, including physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and others, have also given notice that they will stop providing their services if the government does not pay their Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).
Among the unions are the Government and Hospital Pharmacists Association, Ghana Medical Association, Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives, and Health Services Workers’ Union.
The combined health sector unions and professional groups announced in a joint statement seen by JoyNews that if the government does not address their concerns, they will boycott both in-patient and out-patient services by August 1, 2022.
The associations claim that their decision is the result of Tuesday, July 12,’s fruitless meeting between labor unions and the government.
Due to the lack of food, senior high schools across the nation are in danger of closing.
Mr. Braimah is requesting that the NPP postpone the Delegates Conference that is scheduled for this Saturday in light of these and other important problems.
Peter Mac Manu, the chairman of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) national election committee, has cautioned that the party will not tolerate any acts of bribery or vote-buying in its next national executive election.
He claims that such actions threaten the nation’s constitutional democracy and that his group will take action to stop them from happening.
Last week, Mr. Mac Manu said, speaking at a news conference, that the Party’s leadership has subsequently made arrangements with the Police to guarantee that the process is free of any occurrences that could compromise the process.
“Therefore, all aspirants and/or their representatives are advised not to engage in any improper conduct that may be construed as bribery within the meaning of the Representative of People’s Law 1992, PNDC Law 284, which are significant criminal offenses.
In order to severely enforce the laws and arrest anyone found to be in violation of PNDC law 284, the National Election Committee has contracted with the Ghana Police Service, whose personnel would be on the election grounds. He warned that the rule prohibiting bribery in this nation will be strictly enforced.
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