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“Don’t Begrude Them, They Need To Make Such Comments For Their Political Survival” -Prez Jabs Mahama

Updated: May 12, 2020


President Akufo Addo has called on the public to rubbish the cheap political talks from the Presidential Candidate of the largest opposition political party, National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama as the country fights the deadly coronavirus.


According to him, he knows some political actors are trying to deceive Ghanaians that the country’s current numbers represent a failure on the part of Government.


In his ninth address to the nation on measures taken against spread of coronavirus, President Akufo-Addo said “Do not begrudge them. They need to make such comments for their political survival”


He added that the country can defeat the coronavirus if the citizenry continues to look out for one another and remain each other’s keeper.


President Akufo-Addo also stressed that as the country is fighting a common enemy, it is imperative that its citizens do not allow religious, ethnic or political differences to get in the way of certain victory.


“So, we cannot allow a few persons, who wish to use these differences to scuttle our collective fight, to succeed” he noted.


President Akufo-Addo further explained that on the contrary, the country must be emboldened in the knowledge that 4,700 persons infected, so far with the virus, have been identified and taken out of the population, isolated and are being treated.


He also emphasised that the strategy of aggressively testing and treating is the country’s surest way of rooting out the virus.


“On our part, in addition to the incentive package instituted for all healthcare workers, Government has so far distributed the following to healthcare facilities across the country; 4,240,719 glooves, 2,576,333 nose masks, 60,823 goggles, 60,132 litres of sanitizers, 50,770 head covers, 41,992 gowns, 41,000 medical scrub and 30,783 N-95 face masks” he revealed.


He further retreated that 5,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided to the media.


He assured that ten thousand domestically-produced face masks and more money will be delivered to the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) to enhance its capacity to undertake the Important work it is already doing.


Background

President Akufo-Addo has come under criticisms for the past one month from the largest opposition party, National Democratic Congress (NDC) on his attempt to lead the country in the fight against coronavirus. The NDC led by his flagbearer on numerous occasions questioned President Akufo-Addo methods at handling the crisis saying if care is not taken, the sitting head of state will lead the country in a ditch.

Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

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