President Akufo-Addo’s actions in these very difficult times for the country amidst the deadly COVID-19 pandemic seems to be endearing him more to the citizenry.
After his 4th address to the nation on the country’s fight against the virus, the President gained international recognition for his show of commitment and passionate message.
His fifth address, yesterday, like his other addresses got some Ghanaians, especially members of the opposition NDC, some of whom have had doubts about government’s handling of the situation, expressing their admiration for his leadership and additional measures he has introduced to cushion the citizenry for the next three months.
During the address, Akufo-Addo announced the suspension of taxes on the salaries of frontline workers, additional allowances for frontline workers, provision of more protective gears as well as free transportation for all frontline health workers, the introduction of soft loans with 2-year repayment period for SMEs, and the absorption of water bills for all Ghanaians till June to mitigate the impact of the lockdown and the outbreak of the pandemic in the country.
The aftermath of the address has seen more and more people lauding the speech and the efforts put in place by the President. Dela Coffie, an activist of the opposition National Democratic Congress, has become the latest to commend President Akufo-Addo, describing him as one of the best the country has had in recent years.
He admitted that the President’s measures are well-conceived and properly targeted with the needs of the people in mind during these times.
Dela Coffie stated, “At least we’ve got a president who’s thinking outside the box in these unusual times.”
“Folks, if you ignore the noise and pay attention to basic details, President Akufo-Addo is turning out to be one of the best Presidents in recent history. His social mitigating measures for the COVID-19 crisis announced a while ago is far-reaching and very impressive” he said.
Ghana has recorded about 214 confirmed cases of the virus, 5 deaths with the remaining responding to treatment.
About 800 persons, who were in mandatory quarantine and have tested negative for the COVID-19, have also been reunited with their families.
The government, in an attempt to halt the spread of the virus, has imposed a 2-week lockdown in Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi. This is in addition to measures taken earlier such as the closure of educational institutions, intensified education on health and safety protocols and closure of Ghana’s borders.