The Minister of Information, Mustapha Hamid, has asked members of various vigilante groups protesting across the country to be patient and have faith in the Nana Addo government’s ability to deliver on its promises.
His appeal comes in the wake of incessant attacks by some vigilante groups believed to be affiliated to the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Mr. Hamid on Point Blank of segment of Eyewitness News indicated that, most of these attacks are usually inspired by anxiety, saying “there is a certain, in my view, anxiety for what they expected to be if you want the spoils of war, so there are quite frankly people who believe they have not gotten their share of their spoils and looking at the way things are going, they are not too sure if they will get their share of the spoils so they would go and cease these spoils by themselves.”
He however believes intense engagement with these groups coupled with some form of assurances from government will bring these attacks to a halt.
“If we engage with our people enough and let them know that the national cake is for everybody and that the President is doing his best to ensure that everyone gets a share of the national cake, I believe somehow, they will be patient and wait for the programmes that we are rolling out that will create the necessary jobs for people in this country.”
“We’ve been here. In fact, the President is the one who has been here for 10 months. Some of us have been here 8 months, some 7 months, so I believe if we are patient, everybody will get their share …I urge them to be patient and to trust this President that he will do his uttermost to ensure that there is room for everyone to participate in the national cake.”
He further indicated that, government intends rolling out some programmes aimed at getting the youth gainfully employed.
“The Youth Employment Agency has talked about how it is planning in the next few months to roll out over 400,000 jobs and so on. The government is planning to do a marshal plan in terms of employment, agriculture, which will all create many more jobs.”