COVID-19: Dumelo calls for reduction of tariffs should there be a lockdown

COVID-19: Dumelo calls for reduction of tariffs should there be a lockdown

- John Dumelo, has expressed his concerns on how petty traders, street hawkers and persons working in the informal sector would survive should the government enforce a lockdown

- Dumelo said such people mentioned would be disadvantaged since their sources of income will be greatly affected

- He, however, made certain suggestions that would help make life easy for such people should there be a lockdown

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Politician, entrepreneur and on-screen actor John Dumelo, has expressed his concerns on how petty traders, street hawkers and persons working in the informal sector would survive, should the government enforce a lockdown.

Dumelo holds the view that such people mentioned would be at a disadvantage since their sources of income will be greatly affected.

In a Facebook post sighted by YEN.com.gh, Dumelo suggested what the government could consider doing should there be a lockdown.

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According to him, since most of these petty traders and street hawkers are not hooked to the tax system, giving them financial bailout would be a challenge.

He suggested that electricity and water tariffs for the period of lockdown be reduced.

Dumelo also suggested that fuel prices should be reduced as well as data and call charges across all networks.

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There have been many calls from health experts and Ghanaians for the government to enforce a lockdown to curtail the spread of the COVID-19.

The Ghana Medical Association, in a news release, called on the government to ensure that it enforces a lockdown which according to them was the only means to stop the spread.

However, in a press conference occasionally held by the Ministry of information, the sector minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah stated that the suggestion by the GMA was not far-fetched and could be considered if the need be.

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