President Akufo-Addo has justified his government’s delay in putting the country under a total lockdown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic despite the intense pressure from a section of the Ghanaian populace.
Many experts from various fields as well as institutions including the Bureau of Public Safety, Trade Union Congress and the Ghana Medical Association have called on the President for a complete lockdown, arguing that it is government’s best bet if it is serious about controlling and containing the pandemic.
But the President believes that a rushed decision will have dire consequences on the citizens.
In a meeting with the leadership of TUC in Accra Today, Thursday March 26, 2020, President Akufo-Addo held that it behooves on a responsible government to look at all the implications before decisions of such nature are made.
He disclosed that, in order to avoid plunging citizens into undue hardships, his government is making critical deliberations on the matter before it makes a step.
“People in Ghana are now talking about a lockdown. Majority of people who will be affected by decisions of that nature are the working people of our country – the ordinary people of Ghana.
“They are the ones who will be affected, and it is important for us to take into account their circumstances and conditions,” he said.
“When we lock down Accra, what are the consequences? A responsible government is required to look at all the implications before decisions are made.
“And that is the exercise we are currently engaged in, and I am hoping that much sooner than later we will come to an agreement on what those measures are and the Ghanaian people will be informed,” he indicated.
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