- Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has gifted some 76 head porters GHC500 each
- The head porters were sneaking out of the capital Accra following the lockdown announced by President Akufo-Addo
- Ghana's capital, Accra and Kumasi are on a 14-day partial lockdown as a measure to curb the spread of the COVID-19
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Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has donated GHC500 to each of the stranded Kayaye (head porters) who were stopped at Ejisu in the Ashanti Region on their way to the Northern Region.
The head porters, numbering about 76, had attempted to flee from Accra back to their hometowns in the wake of the Akufo-Addo's order for a partial lockdown in the capital, Accra and other parts of the country.
But their journey back home was unsuccessful as it fell within the lockdown time on Monday, March 30.
Their attempted mass crossover to the north was seen as a threat to stop the spread of the virus in the country, and they were thus stopped from proceeding by security officials, who returned them to Accra.
Despite the temporary provision of shelter for them by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, many have raised concerns over the plight of the Kayayei under the current circumstance, as business activities in the heart of Accra have come to a halt.
It is in response to this that Vice President Bawumia donated 500 cedis to each of them to ameliorate their plight during the period of the partial lockdown.
The donation was made on behalf of Dr. Bawumia by the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama.
She was accompanied by Dr. Sagare Bambangi , MP for Walewale and Mustafa Ussif, CEO of the National Service Secretariat.
Meanwhile, the Vice President has also urged all Ghanaians to continue to observe the preventive measures of regular washing of hands with soap under running water, while they observe the partial lockdown in their respective homes.
Effective April 1, 2020, in just four (4) easy steps, any applicant can apply from the comfort of their homes, take an aptitude test and be interviewed in their own districts without coming to Accra as was done in the past.
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