By adding pension funds in the domestic debt exchange program, the government must respect the elderly rather than treat them cruelly, according to Justice Sophia Akuffo, who took part in one of the pickets on Friday, February 10, 2023.
The former Chief Justice told reporters when he was among the protesting retirees: “We have had our ups and downs. Many of us came from generations where we were urged to save money for the future and such “.
“Because of certain government actions, there have been occasions when all of your money have been rendered useless. Over time, however, individuals have gradually gained more faith in the economy and their assets.
“Quite a number of people here today, when they retired last two years, put everything into government bonds; it is a contract and, now, all of a sudden, you virtually want to force them to agree with you that the repayment of the yield of their investment should be as you dictate it. Why?” she asked.
“Why are we in the mess? Nobody has fully explained to us”.
“Yes, we took loans, what was it used for? And where is the accountability? Exactly what was it used for? You are not telling us about how you are going to be able to make things better but just that, ‘help me and I help you’. No, you help yourself first, let me see if you are doing something serious because we have seen these sorts of things too many times”, she noted.
“I am over 70 years now. I am no longer government-employed, my mouth has been ungagged, and I am talking, and I am saying that we have failed, and it is important that the elderly should be respected”.
“I find this wicked, I find it disrespectful, I find it unlawful, I find it totally wrong.”