Member of Parliament for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak, is set to back his words with action by riding a bicycle to Parliament from Tuesday, October 6, 2018, in protest of the high cost of fuel and the economic conditions under the Akufo-Addo administration.
According to a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Citinewsroom.com, the legislator revealed his plans to do a 17-kilometer bike ride in protest of the hardships Ghanaians were facing.
The MP’s National Democratic Congress (NDC) has not relented in its criticism of the government’s handling of the company, and the MP indicated that it was time for a different manifestation of people’s frustrations.
With the 2019 budget set to be delivered later in November, Mr. Mubarak indicated that he was expecting it to actually deliver the hope President Nana Akufo-Addo has promised and also offer relief to Ghanaians.
The prices of both petrol and diesel have risen by about 2.76 percent. The price of petrol and diesel is currently pegged at about GH¢5.21 per litre, up from the previous price of GH¢5.07 per litre, despite a reduction in the price of crude oil on the international market.
“Fuel prices keep going up. Prices of commodities keep going up and there seems to be no end in sight in respect of the suffering that ordinary Ghanaians who do not have free fuel and free vehicles maintained by the state,” Mr. Mubarak said.
The MP said he expected some legislators and Ghanaians in general, to join him in his protest.
“The honorable Dr. Clement Apaak has indicated he is interested in joining the cause, and I am sure once we get started, we might have not only members of Parliament, but ordinary Ghanaians who are feeling the pressure joining in the expression of frustration.”
On how long this protest will go, he said “let’s get started and see how things unravel. If there is the need to sustain it as long as can be, I will be happy to sustain it.”
Mr. Mubarak said his protest was a way of 'killing two birds with one stone' as he said the deteriorating state of the environment was also a major concern to him.
“First of all, it [riding a bicycle] is a healthy thing to do. Secondly, there are concerns about the environment and there are no better means of preserving the planet than using means of transport that are environmentally friendly,” he added.
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