Saturday, March 6

CLOSURE OF GHANA’S BORDERS EXTENDED TO MAY

Nobody will be allowed to leave or enter the country via land, air or sea till the end of May, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said. 

The country’s borders have been closed to human traffic since March 23 as part of measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic. 

At the virtual May Day Celebration from the studios of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) yesterday, President Akufo-Addo announced that the government has decided to extend the border to the end of May.

“We know that the overwhelming majority of positive cases came from travellers or contacts of travellers. So, we have no option but to keep our borders closed until we are confident that we have put in place measures to prevent travellers from importing the virus,” the President said

 Organisers of the May Day celebrations, the Trade Union Congress (TUC), decided not to hold the usual May Day parade due to the outbreak of the COVID 19.

Instead, a group of members of the Union met at GBC with President Akufo-Addo to deliver May Day speeches to Ghanaians via GTV.

President AKufo-Addo said the restrictions will not be a permanent feature of the lives of Ghanaians but they are, for now, essential to the survival of citizens.

He announced plans by the government to outline steps to systematically ease the restrictive measures to bring the country back to normalcy. 

“But, I would plead with you – stop the stigmatisation of recovered persons – as it will rather drive people away from getting screened, tested and treated. The stigmatisation of recovered persons must not go on, because if the virus did not end their lives and livelihoods, the stigma from members of their communities should not”. 

“The overwhelming majority of them will continue to live perfectly normal lives, and cease to be sources of infections” he said.

President AKufo-Addo urged workers to remain united and resolute, maintain self-discipline, and contribute to the fight against the pandemic.

“I am confident that, together, if we remain united and resolute, and maintain discipline and self-discipline, we shall defeat this virus. This, too, shall pass! For the Battle is the Lord’s”, he said.

The President entreated workers to emulate the effort of organized labour during the national struggle for freedom and independence from British colonial power over six decades ago. 

The historic call for Positive Action in 1950, made by our first President, Kwame Nkrumah, would not have succeeded without the active support of the trades’ union movement, then led by the legendary trades unionists, Pobee Biney and Vidal Quist, the President observed.

“On behalf of government and the people of Ghana, wish all workers a Happy May Day celebration. We recognise and appreciate the efforts and sacrifices you have made towards the construction of the happy and prosperous Ghana we seek, and, on this day, I say a big ayekoo to each one of you,” he said.

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