Former president of the Ghana Actors Guild, Nii Odoi Mensah has said a
planned vigil by some young celebrities ledby actress Yvonne Nelson,
to protest against the worsening power crisis in the country will
amount to nothing.
In his view, Nelson and her colleagues are complaining about aproblem
that President John Mahama did not create.
The veteran actor told Starr 103.5FM's Cordelia Ama Selormey in an
interview Wednesday that though the celebrities have the right to hold
the vigil, it is "unnecessary" in his opinion.
Nelson, her rapper friend Sarkodieand fellow actress and producer
Lydia Forson have written to the Police, in accordance with the Public
Order Act, to seek permission for the vigil.
The #Dumsor Trio have been very vocal in their criticism of the
government for "allowing the crisisto spiral out of control.
"Nelson, who started the social media hashtag #Dumsormuststop,
announced Tuesday that every Ghanaian citizen interested in seeing the
problem resolved should join the protest.
But Odoi Mensah told Starr Entertainment that the young members of the
guild should have sought advice before starting the campaign.
He believes President Mahama is making frantic efforts to bring Ghana
back to full illumination.
"In a society where the young will not seek advice from the elderly,
then you know we have a problem."
Seriously my sister do you think the present government is happy with
the situation in which we are?Or, when his Excellency the president
came into power, do youthink he went to Akosombo to [shut] the dam
off, so that we stay in darkness? Or can't we understand that there is
a problem and somebody must fix itand that we all have to help that
person to fix it?" he wondered.
An obviously incensed Odoi Mensah compared Ghana's situation to that
of Nigeria and asked that people be patient with the government.
"Ghanaians must learn to be patient in life. You don't get things on a
silver platter. No condition is permanent.
The man said he is trying his best to solve the problem, let's help
him solve it!"My sister go to Nigeria. Years and they are still in
darkness. Ghana has only been in this for one year.
If Ghana is fifty something years and for that period we've had
electricity except for one year, why should we be complaining as
much?"He added "If you embark on a demonstration and you go on a vigil
that #dumsormuststop, what have you done? If you have any ideas as to
how to stop the dumsor, give it to them.
But if yougo on a demonstration, you go on a vigil and all that, it
won't solve the problem.
"He also asked people to note the power crisis did not come about asa
result of the Mahama Government's inactions."
All the past governments! They didn't have vision. So let's not only
blame it on the current government, I mean we don't haveto politicise
everything. We must be realistic in all we do. Let's stop the blame
game and help the manto solve it."