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30.07.2009 Politics

Government will not sit unconcerned for traders to hike prices - Minister

By GNA
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Koforidua, July 30, GNA - Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, Eastern Regional Minister, has warned that government would not sit unconcerned for a group of people to create difficult economic situations to discredit it.

He said although the economic crunch had affected everything including the prices of items, government would not allow people to use politics to hike prices as a way of punishing innocent Ghanaians for voting for it.

Mr Ofosu-Ampofo said this when he visited the Regional office of the Convention People's Party (CPP) in Koforidua where he was informed that traders had intentionally hiked the prices of food stuffs and building materials in the municipality to discredit the government.

He said the information would be investigated by National Security adding that government's pledge of creating a better Ghana was on course and any impediment put in its way would not be tolerated.

Mr Ofosu-Ampofo said politics ended with the elections, and it behooved on all political parties to join hands with the winner to build a viable economy that would benefit all.

Mr Alex Asamoah, New Juaben Municipal Chief Executive, who accompanied the minister, corroborated the information and called on all to be vigilant and patriotic.

Nana Owusu Sekyere, former CPP Regional Chairman, appealed to the minister to create a new satellite market to save the people from hardship and protect the image of the government.

He thanked the minister for the political maturity he had exhibited by extending a hand of friendship to the CPP, an opposition party.

He said the regional branch of the CPP in the 2008 run-off supported the NDC and hoped that the government would not let it down.

GNA

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