Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has described calls for a total lockdown by some Civil Society Organisations and individuals as inappropriate.
According to him, Ghana cannot afford a total lockdown because the country is not financially ready although it is a significant step in containing the spread of the novel coronavirus.
In an interview monitored by ABC News, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said the government is investing so much during this partial lockdown period and it will be disastrous should the country go on total lockdown.
One of the factors he explained is that the total lockdown will create a lot of inconveniences, adding that the majority of Ghanaians will be affected if implemented.
He opined that though President Akufo-Addo is deliberating on it, he believes the country is not ready for a total lockdown.
“Though the President is taking expert advice on a total lockdown or not, I really don’t think we need it now as a country. Albeit, the country needs to fight rigorously COVID-19, we cannot do so by totally locking the whole country down. We will end up putting the economy in great difficulty.”
“Moreover, look at how people are reeling under this partial lockdown and the government is investing so much to feed the few vulnerable people in our various communities,” he continued.
In his opinion, “government will have to invest so much in feeding over five million people and I don’t think the country’s economy will be able to bounce back after the COVID-19 fight.”
The Majority Leader, therefore, advised Ghanaians to adhere to the partial lockdown directive to curb the spread of COVID-19, assuring that government will continue to do its bit to ensure they are safe and protected.