AFAG DemoAFAG Demo?Public sector workers in Kumasi on Thursday staged a protest march to put pressure on the government to release ?Tier Two? pension funds to their appointed scheme managers.

They said they wanted the government to keep its hands completely off the funds.
The protesters, clad in black and red, set off from the Centre for National Culture and for about five hours shouted slogans and danced to brass band music on some principal streets of the city.
They held up placards, carrying messages such as ?Transfer our pension money immediately?, ?Politicians – ex-gratia, civil servant- nothing?, ?2nd tier is our ex-gratia? and ?Workers are angry?.
A female teacher, who asked not to be identified, urged the government to stop hiding behind legalities and do the proper thing by releasing the funds to the workers? appointed fund managers.
The demonstrators had earlier served notice that they would be presenting a petition to the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Samuel Sarpong, but made a ?u-turn? at the eleventh hour.
Mr. Kingsley Anyimadu Darko, Regional Chairman for the Coalition of Concern Teachers, justified the stand they took, and said petitions over the years had not changed anything.
The police were on hand to provide security protection for the demonstrators.

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