The Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi, was on Monday, October 17, the scene of jeers and catcalls for President Akufo-Addo, who was inspecting the Phase II of the Kejetia/Central Market Project.
On their way to the Kumasi Central Market, the president’s convoy was met by scores of traders at Adum in the central business district who had displayed their wares for sale.
On seeing the vehicles convey the president and officials, the group of market women, hawkers and artisans wasted no time in voicing their displeasure with the prevailing economic situation.
In a video posted on the microblogging platform, TikTok, the traders and passersby are seen in the chorus of boos as the convoy advanced.
In good times, the stronghold of the ruling New Patriotic Party would be most welcoming of the President, with residents waving their approval, with some offering their cloths for a carpet for him to walk on.
The economic downturn and its attendant increasing hardships appear to have eroded all of that love.
Meanwhile, the President has commissioned a 20-unit residential facility for justices of the Appeals Court in Kumasi.
The project, which comprises four bedrooms each, a swimming pool and recreational facilities, has been completed on schedule.
It is expected to ease the accommodation pressure of the justices and fast-track adjudication of cases at the Appeals Court in Kumasi.