The ‘Dumsor Must Stop’ vigil which started at exactly 4pm on Saturday May 16, 2015 at the University of Ghana overhead Bridge in Accra to highlight the energy crisis in the country popularly known as ‘dumsor’ witnessed massive turnout.
The vigil started with a peaceful procession from the Legon overhead bridge through streets where the celebrities and their fans were holding candles, torchlight, placards, fridge and lanterns to express their concerns and sentiments about the situation.
“Dumsor Must Stop” campaign which started on social media not long ago by Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson, has indeed reached out to more Ghanaians resulting in the massive turnout of the vigil.
The over 1, 000 people present shared their concerns and sentiment on their placards and held other items with messages to the President to put in ways to stop the ongoing power crisis in the country.
Most of the people engaged in the vigil who were seen in their black and red dresses explained that the ‘dumsor’ situation has caused more harm to Ghanaians as most have lost jobs, lost relatives through the use of generator, among others.
Yvonne Nelson, Van Vicker, Prince David Osei, Wanlov Kubolor, Efya, DKB, Barima Sidney, Afia Schwarzenegger, D-Black, who were championing the vigil were all present to make it successful.
Even though the vigil triggered disagreements between the La Traditional Council and the Ga Traditional Council over the postponement of the vigil due to the ban on noise; but the La Chief Priest gave the green light since the venue will not affect the ban.
Greater Accra regional police PRO, Efia Tenge together with over two hundred police officers ensured a tight security for participants as well as the celebrities to ensure safety.
Ghana is currently enduring a serious power rationing that has persisted for the past three years; hence the celebrities were using the vigil to call on the government to find ways to end it.
The peaceful vigil successfully ended at the park near the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange in Accra.
Pictures and story by Dorcas Aba Annan (firstname.lastname@example.org)