Utility Tariffs NPP leads massive demo in Tamale today despite police order

Spokesperson for the Northern Regional Secretary of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Saka Alhassan has told Pulse.com.gh that it is too late to call off the protest scheduled for Monday.

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Opposition political parties are set to hit the streets of Tamale today [August 22] to press home their demand on government to reduce electricity tariffs to at least 50 percent.

This comes at a time when President John Mahama is expected to begin campaign activities in the Northern region.

READ ALSO: Tamale Political parties to hit the streets over high utility tariffs

Police in the region have officially written to them to suspend the demonstration due to the president’s visit.

But Saaka Alhassan, the spokesperson for the Northern Regional Secretary of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has told Pulse.com.gh that it is too late to call off the protest scheduled for Monday.

"Last two weeks, we signed undertaking and everything, and they agreed that it is coming on. We have been demarcated the routes that we were going to use, and they gave us the go-ahead and we went through our organisation. And to our dismay, on Friday, they decided to write to us that we should cancel it and based on our investment and the monies sunk in, we can't cancel it within three days to the programme. We have also written to the police telling them our reasons why we can't cancel it," he explained.

The coalition, including the NPP, CPP, PPP, NDP, and APC have earlier argued that the demonstration is to let the government know that the plight of residents has worsened as a result of high utility tariffs.

“We are determined to show to the whole world that President Mahama and his government cannot continue to take us for granted and treat the people of the north as if we are only good for votes”, the Northern Regional Secretary of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Sule Salifu said.

He said President Mahama “has shown that he simply does not care about the fact that more and more people here in the north are struggling just to put a single meal on the dining table for the family.”

The demonstration dubbed “Di Miiya” in Dagbani which literally means “Times Are Tough” would be staged in the Tamale metropolis.

Scores of residents are expected to support the demonstration which is expected to begin at 7 am today [Monday, August 22, 2016].

Saaka Alhassan, the spokesperson for the Northern Regional Secretary of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has told Pulse.com.gh that the demonstration will be a peaceful one and non-partisan, "because all the political parties are involved."



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