- President Akufo-Addo has advised the minority side in Parliament to desist from spreading fear and panic about the coronavirus
- He stated that the spread of the virus in China has resulted in a delicate situation and the government is closely monitoring the situation
- President Akufo-Addo added that the government is currently acting in the interest of public health
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President Akufo-Addo has cautioned the minority side in Parliament against introducing what he terms as “ill-judged politics” into the fate of Ghanaian students in China.
According to him, the actions of the minority would eventually lead to the spread of fear and panic among the students in the country.
The president passed the comments as part of his presentation of the State of the Nation Address in Parliament on Thursday, February 20, 2020.
He explained that the situation in China is a delicate one that needs to be devoid of scoring points by playing politics with it.
He, therefore, entreated the House to set a good example and pour oil over troubled waters so that there could be peace.
President Akufo-Addo noted that the government has not ruled out the possibility of an evacuation but at the moment is working with the best principles of public health.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the minority side has declared they will not rest until the Ghanaian students in China are brought back home.
They, therefore, gave the government three days to ensure that the students are reunited with their families in Ghana.
They also expressed surprise at the silence of the president in the wake of distress calls coming from the China-based Ghanaian students.
The minister of foreign affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, has meanwhile stated that it would be impossible for the government to bring the students back.
The coronavirus, since its outbreak in the Wuhan province in China in December 2019, has claimed over 6,000 lives across the world.
In other news, President Akufo-Addo has assured customers of defunct savings and loans, as well as microfinance companies of payment from Monday, February 24, 2020.
According to him, about GHc5 billion has been handed over to the Receiver to give out to clients of the collapsed companies.
He indicated that depositors of affected companies would receive all of their deposits once a validation exercise is complete.
The president made this known in the course of his presentation of the 2020 edition of the State of the Nation Address at the House of Parliament.
Per a report by citinewsroom.com, President Akufo-Addo stated that this is the second tranche being given out to customers of the collapsed banks.
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