National Organiser of the governing New Patriotic Party, Sammy Awuku has cautioned against the trending chorus by some Ghanaians for a complete lockdown of the country in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said actors in the current trend should desist from same as such pressures could lead the government into taking an infamous decision.
According to him, such a decision may be a shot in the foot of the State.
There are growing calls by institutions and individuals alike for the President to declare a total lockdown in order to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. They maintain that the measure, though harsh, has proven to be more effective adding that it may be too late to do it later.
But the NPP National Organiser does not agree with the calls. He wants them to stop forcing the lock under the government’s throat.
Speaking on Accra-based Adom FM Thursday, Sammy Awuku observed that a total lockdown may potentially impact negatively adding that “we should be careful what we wish for.”
“Government is receiving advice from doctors, political parties… Let us stop pressurizing government for a lockdown,” he said.
Citing an instance where pressure was mounted on government to evacuate Ghanaian students from China, he said Ghana would have been in a worse situation if government had yielded to such calls.
“We would have been in trouble if we had succumbed to the pressure of the NDC to evacuate Ghanaian students in Wuhan, China. Check the figures of the countries that evacuated their citizens from Wuhan; Italy, Spain, France, UK, US and Iran, check the figures of these countries,” he said.
“So sometimes the suggestions we push down on government’s throat… had it not been that government was resolute in its decision. I think we should be careful with what we wish for. If we had listened to our brothers from the NDC at the time, I think the situation would have been worse,” he stressed.
He is of the view that the nation should first “Evaluate the situation before we take that decision.”