Ghanaian President,Nana Akufo-Addo
The world pandemic disease Coronavirus (COVID-19) will not let the dead in Ghana be buried for the next four weeks.
Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo who made the declaration in a broadcast to the nation on Sunday night however said only private burials of not more than 25 persons in attendance would be accepted by the Ghanaian government.
The President slammed the same measure to all public gatherings including conferences; workshops; festivals; political rallies; sporting events as well as services in churches and mosques which are suspended for same four weeks. These were contained in the special video Broadcast sent to Patmos Media Line in Nigeria Monday afternoon.
The Government directed all Universities, secondary and primary schools be closed with effect from Monday 16th March until further notice but the Ministries of Education and Communication were tasked to roll out distance learning programmes while only students to sit for BECE and WASCE will be allowed to go to school but must observe protocols and social distancing.
The President allowed businesses and work places to open but they must also follow social distancing between customers and staff.
Although drinking joints are not locked down in the six minute broadcast, the Ministry of Establishment is to ensure that other places like night clubs, hotels, supermarkets and shopping malls observe high hygiene procedures.
The Ministry of Local Government and rural development were also directed to equally ensure markets have sanitizers and water to wash hands across the country same with the Ministry of Transport that has to ensure same in all motor parks.
Said President Akufo-Addo: “These are not ordinary times but I am confident we shall overcome the challenges to do whatever we can and prevent the spread of the disease”.
Emergency logistics, he said would be made through the Attorney-General of the Federation to incorporate all his declarations as an Executive Order through legislations to govern Ghana urging the Federal House to cooperate when such bill is presented.
- By Eniola Olatunji.