National Chairman of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Nana Ofori Owusu says, he is unhappy that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has eased the Coronavirus restrictions in the country.
The President, in his 14th update on Coronavirus also known as COVID-19 last Sunday, announced a second phase of easing of restrictions on public gatherings.
He noted that “after further extensive consultations,government has taken the decision to embark upon the implementation of Phase Two of the easing of restrictions in the following sectors of our national life.”
President Akufo-Addo therefore lifted the limitations on churches and mosques saying “in consultation with our Church leaders, from 1st August, 2020, the restrictions on the number of congregants worshipping at a time in Church will be lifted, with the length of worship extended from one (1) to two (2) hours per service. Church leaders, who are desirous of implementing this enhanced easing directive, must ensure that congregants wear face masks at all times, and the one (1) metre social distancing rule is scrupulously applied.
These same guidelines apply to worship in our Mosques. With greater numbers of congregants likely to return for worship, I would, respectfully, ask the religious leaders to pay even greater attention to the fresh air ventilation of their premises, rather than relying on the use of air conditioners.”
President Akufo-Addo also announced that public transport workers can begin to operate in full capacity as public transport buses were earlier asked to reduce the number of passengers as a social distancing rule.
“In consultation with the Ministries of Transport and Aviation and the leadership of transport operators, Government has taken the decision to lift the restrictions in the transport sector, and allow for full capacity in our domestic airplanes, taxis, trotros and buses. The wearing of masks in vehicles and aircrafts, and the maintenance of enhanced hygiene protocols, remain mandatory.”
The President further announced the reopening of “our nation’s tourist sites and attractions, so they can begin to receive visitors. Open-air drinking spots can now function. The management of these facilities is tasked to enforce enhanced hygiene and social distancing protocols. Beaches, pubs, cinemas and nightclubs, however, remain closed until further notice,”
However, according to the outspoken politician, the President’s decision was a wrong move.
Speaking to this Reporter in an exclusive interview, the PPP stalwart indicated that, the fact that Ghanaians should learn to live with the virus was not a guarantee for Mr Akufo-Addo to relax on the restrictions
”We need to be very focused as a people and find out how scientifically we will deal with this menace…The living with it makes people to relax…When you consistently say that and the leadership also echoes it, then you make the population relax in a way as if this thing, after all, is like malaria. We can live with it. We cannot live it and the way the disease is emerging, we need to do more,” he said.
According to Nana Ofori , the nation could overcome the disease only when there was an attitudinal change, hence he called on President Akufo-Addo to reconsider his decisions.