26.05.2005 Regional News

Institute a National Day of prayer -Ofosu-Ampofo declares

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Kumasi, May 26,GNA - Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, a leading member of the Committee for Joint Action (CJA), has stressed the need for clergymen, civil societies and well-meaning Ghanaians to embark on a concerted effort in instituting a national Day of prayer as a measure for divine intervention to salvage the economy from total collapse. He said, "we must pray fervently to God to direct the nation's path since our leaders have lost focus in the country's administration and economic management".

Mr Ofosu-Ampofo was addressing the 'Wahala Four' demonstrators, who had gathered at the Jackson's Park in Kumasi on Thursday, after their three-hour march through some designated streets in the Metropolis. The peaceful demonstration virtually brought business activities at the commercial hub of Kumasi to a standstill for well over one hour. Mr Ofosu-Ampofo expressed regret that some clergymen and the citizenry were quick to impress upon Former President Jerry John Rawlings to apologise to President John Agyekum Kufuor for allegedly insulting him, "but had turned a blind eye to the hardships ordinary petty traders, farmers, teachers, fishermen and ordinary Ghanaians were going through".

Madam Ama Benyiwa-Doe, a leading member of the CJA and also an activists of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), said while the NPP was preaching a message to instil in people zero tolerance for corruption, it was championing the cause of such a negative practice. She stated: "Instead of intolerance to corruption, there is full tolerance for corruption under the NPP Government."

She buttressed her point by pointing out that it was common knowledge that Ministers and Government functionaries were enriching themselves and purchasing posh cars and putting up plush houses while the poor continued to wallow in abject poverty.

Mr Daniel Ohene Agyekum, Member pf the National Executive Committee of the NDC, castigated the Government for practising selective justice and failing to deliver on its campaign promises

Mr Agyekum called on Ghanaians not to allow themselves to be cowed or intimidated but to stand firm and continue to fight for their rights irrespective of the government in power.

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