Akufo-Addo’s Interventions During Partial Lockdown Was Abysmal- Mahama

 Akufo-Addo’s Interventions During Partial Lockdown Was Abysmal- Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama has said social intervention by President Akufo-Addo during the partial lockdown is abysmal.

President Akufo-Addo fed over 400,000 individuals and homes in vulnerable communities in Accra, Kasoa, Tema and Kumasi through the Coronavirus Alleviation Programme (CAP) during the partial lockdown.

The objective of the CAP, according to Nana Akufo-Addo, “is to protect households and livelihoods, support micro, small, and medium-sized businesses, minimise job losses, and source additional funding for promotion of industries to shore up and expand industrial output for domestic consumption and exports.”

According to the flagbearer of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), “The distribution of food was chaotic and disorderly and in some cases partisan. It flouted all protocols of social distancing and prevention of the spread of the virus. Definitely, no careful planning went into the implementation of this initiative as its characteristics of this current administration.”

“My suggestion to involve assembly members and traditional rulers, religious leaders and civil society organisations were ignored. As the President clearly admitted, this was one of the reasons for the lifting of the lockdown. Many Ghanaians were faced with two choices – either to stay at home and die of hunger or come out and take their chance against the deadly virus. Faced with these two choices, most Ghanaians opted for the latter,” he added.

Mr Mahama stated that he, therefore, can understand “the response of jubilation that greeted the announcement of the lifting of the partial lockdown” adding that “with a budget in the excess of GHS1.2billion from the stabilisation fund, I believe we could have handled this mitigation effort much better than we did.”

By: Richard Obeng Bediako / Kingdom 107.7 FM / Kingdom TV/ Kingdomfmonline.com / [email protected] / Ghana / 2020

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