OccupyGhana Supports Dumsor Vigil

OccupyGhana (OG), a fast-growing pressure group, has urged Ghanaians to come out in their numbers to support the dumsor vigil being organized by some celebrities to protest the current worsening power crisis.

There have been clandestine attempts by some elements in the government together with some ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) leading members to stop the vigil, which organizers have promised it is going to be peaceful.

While the Ga Traditional Council is trying to use the police to stop the well-publicised vigil – slated for Saturday, May 16, 2016, in the guise that there is a traditional ban on drumming and noisemaking – Total Petroleum Ghana Limited, which owns On-The-Run fuel station at Legon – where popular actress Yvonne Nelson and her colleagues intend to converge for the proposed peaceful march – has said it would not allow the celebrities to use its space for the exercise.

The premises of the University of Ghana, which the celebrities had decided to use as converging point for the vigil, has also said it would not allow them to do so.

However, OccupyGhana issued a release yesterday declaring its unflinching support for the celebrity-inspired vigil and called on Ghanaians to throw their weight behind them.

‘In line with OccupyGhana’s support for citizens to voice out their concerns as part of their civil rights, we are calling on all Ghanaians to throw their weight behind these concerned Ghanaians in the creative industry who have decided to add their voices to speak out against the current dumsor crisis and stage a vigil called #dumsorMustStop.

‘We urge all committed Ghanaians to join the vigil and express their voices in what has become a never-ending embarrassment to our country. We applaud these celebrities for coming out boldly to demand that dumsor must be stopped immediately.

‘We also condemn those of our body politic who have decided to attack the personalities of these celebrities and tried to spin a political twist to what they are demanding to be fixed, in the interest of the country,’ the pressure group declared in the release.

It noted, ‘We are observing the barrier being placed in the way of the organizers; and we urge them never to give up. We urge all Ghanaians to stand up and fight against bad leadership which is the bane of all we are going through as a nation.’

The vigil, which is part of the #DumsorMustStop campaign, is being spearheaded by award-winning movie actress Yvonne Nelson and colleagues such as Sarkodie, Lydia Forson, Ama K. Abebrese, DKB, Van Vicker, EL, Kwaw Kesse, Efya, D-Black, Confident Haugen, Nicky Sammona, among others.

By William Yaw Owusu

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