It has come to light that Dr. Ernest Addison, Governor of the Central Bank, and his two deputies declined to speak with protesters at the #OccupyBoG rally on Tuesday, October 3, 2023.
The governor and his deputies said that they had a meeting with representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
This was made explicit when Wing Commander Kwame Asare Boateng, the Bank of Ghana’s Director of Security, accepted the petition the demonstrators had submitted on behalf of the Governor and his appointees.
“We want to congratulate you for the peaceful protest that you organized today. We were informed that you’ll be coming to present the petition to the Governor, but the three governors, as we speak, are currently meeting the IMF in a meeting, and there is nobody there.’’
“So, the government has asked that I meet you and take the petition on his behalf, and we’ll accordingly respond to the petition,’’ the head of security said.
This explanation did not sit well with Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, who expressed his disappointment and anger in an exclusive interview, monitored by 1Family Radio.
“So, first, let me say that I feel very disrespected as the leader of the opposition in parliament for the simple reason that we demanded to present a petition to the Governor of the Central Bank of the Republic of Ghana, otherwise known as the Bank of Ghana. The Governor has two deputies.’’
“Unfortunately, he has decided to disrespect us, and his two deputies have also decided to disrespect us by not being here to receive our petition. We never said we were going to present our petition to the head of security or someone in charge of security, with all due respect,’’ he said.