A day after Ken Ofori-Atta, the Minister of Finance held a press conference in a form of the government’s reply to #FixTheCountry, most young Ghanaians are still not impressed with his statement.
Young Ghanaians are asking for both immediate and long term solutions to a different array of problems faced by Ghanaians as they go through their day-to-day.
Some are infrastructure, others are the swift implementation of already existing laws such as the Rent Control law that only required landlords to demand up to 6 months of rent advance meanwhile, many as asking for more than 2 years of rent advance.
Issues like these affect young people the most who are now starting life, unable to save, have low paying jobs or are practically unemployed to raise such huge sums of money at a go.
Meanwhile, the minister’s press conference yesterday was more of a future tense comprehension laced with more promises.
The reason why most young people are not accepting yesterday’s statement is that one of the major issues of the current campaign is the fact the government has underdelivered on the promises it made before it came into power and when it was seeking reelection.
Unwilling to make room for more government promises, the campaign is asking for action, to see that the government is doing its work.
Even with the announcement that the government is trying to get Amazon to set up in Ghana and a supposed $200 million needed for youth skills support programme, the young people who have been protesting online are asking for more and they are unsatisfied.
What is also contrasting is what seems to be the government’s overt and covert way of dealing with the #FixTheCountry campaign.
While, Ken basically asked every Ghanaian to help fix the country, government sponsored social media users are also claiming the President is fixing the country with their own counter hashtag #NanaIsFixing it.
This has left many to ask whether they should respond to the minister’s call or believe that the President is indeed fixing it and doesn’t need all hands on deck to do so.
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