Authorities at the University of Ghana have denied granting permission to the organizers of the #dumsormuststop ‘peaceful vigil’ to use its Stadium.
A statement released in Accra Thursday by the school’s Registrar says they are “not aware of, either has it granted nor is in the process of granting permission to any person or group of persons seeking to organize or hold any such procession or vigil on/or in connection with any such activity.”
The statement comes hours after the organizers were given the green light by the Greater Accra Regional Police command.
A setback, the organizers may have to look for another starting venue. The #dumsormuststop vigil was to start at the school’s stadium and end at the Green Park opposite the Villagio apartments near the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange in Accra.
Lawyers for Nelson, and musician Sarkodie wrote to the Ghana Police to notify them of a ‘peaceful vigil’ they intend to hold on May 16.
Dated May 4, the letter, signed by messrs Kofi Bentil, and Nana Kwasi Awuah, said it was in pursuant of the Public Order Act, 1994 (Act 491), which permits citizens to notify the police of special events.
The vigil will bring together an umbrella of celebrities who have since subscribed to the #dumsormuststop campaign started by Miss Nelson to raise concerns on Ghana’s worsening power crisis.
The protest is an extension of a social media campaign, which continues to receive enormous endorsements from well meaning Ghanaians.
Dumsor, the local street term for the frequent power outages the country has been plunged into got Nelson to take to Twitter days ago to make her concerns known.
And she did it in a scathing style that ruffled some feathers. She subsequently got backing from colleague entertainment personalities Lydia Forson and Sarkodie.
A News Desk Report