The Police administration has announced some major roadblocks to vehicular traffic as part of the Minority NDC’s #OccupyBoG protest slated for Tuesday, October 3.
Police in a press briefing on Monday addressed by its Director of Public Affairs, ASP Grace Ansah-Akrofi said “the road from the Independence Square in front of the National Lotteries towards the old Parliament House will be blocked temporarily to vehicular traffic during the demonstration.”
The police noted that the blocked road will “be diverted to the Starlets traffic light through the Ministry traffic light to pass in front of the Office of Department of Urban Roads, through the National Lotteries to link up with the AMA road to EOCO, to take a detour back to the John Evans Atta Mills Highway at the old Parliament traffic intersection.”
She assured commuters that the Motor Traffic and Transport Department, MTTD, would be deployed to assist the motoring public.
The briefing held on Monday was on the preparations and security arrangements put in place for the opposition party’s #Occupy BoG protest.
According to her, the Minority has finally reached an agreement with the police on the route for the protest.
“Per our agreement with the Minority, the demonstrators will converge at Obra Spot at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle and proceed to Adabraka to Ridge Roundabout, National Theatre Traffic Light, High Court Traffic Light to Atta Mills Highway and make a u-turn at the National Lottery and terminate at the Independence Square,” ASP Ansah-Akrofi indicated.
But the Minority Leader, Ato Forson, speaking on Top Story on Monday said the group has not exactly agreed with the route as claimed by the police.
The Minority earlier served notice to the police of the protest and proposed to start the demonstration from the frontage of Parliament.
They suggested using the following route: Osu Cemetery Traffic Light – Ministry of Finance – High Court Complex – Kinbu – Makola – Rawlings Park to Opera Square and to the Bank of Ghana to present their petition.
However, the police raised concerns about the selected routes noting that the routes may endanger public order and safety.
They also noted that they did not want the protest to obstruct traffic.
In this regard, the police suggested that the Minority converge at Obra Spot – Circle – Adabraka road building to the City Centre – Cedi House to Independence Square.
But the Minority insisted that they would stand by their proposed routes for the demonstration, adding that their route is shorter than what the police is proposing.
The Police subsequently filed for an injunction against the Minority’s proposed routes.
The minority is protesting against what it calls mismanagement at the central bank that has culminated massive losses and subsequently taken a toll on the Ghanaian economy.
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