Lifting of lockdown: Akufo-Addo chose politics over science - NDC's Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa

Lifting of lockdown: Akufo-Addo chose politics over science - NDC's Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa

- Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Okudzeto Ablakwa, has kicked against the president's decision to lift the partial lockdown

- According to the MP, Akufo-Addo's decision has shown an inclination towards politics instead of science

- The president's decision to lift the lockdown has caused a great stir among different circles of Ghanaians

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Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Member of Parliament for the North Tongu in the Volta region, has said that President Nana Akufo-Addo chose politics over science over the lockdown issue related to COVID-19.

In a Facebook post the NDC MP made and sighted by YEN.com.gh, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa mentioned categorically that his statement is backed by emphasis from experts on the subject.

Although the honourable legislator did not disclose which expert, in particular, he was referring to, he sounded sure that the president's decision to lift the lockdown is proof that he chose politics over science.

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This has sparked great controversy among many people in Ghana who think it is premature to lift the lockdown at this stage.

Although the president did not give details on exactly why he decided to lift the ban on movement despite the surge in Ghana's cases, it is clear that it was having an adverse effect on the livelihoods of people and the economy as well.

Ghanaians have been reacting to the MP's post with some agreeing with him while others disagreed entirely with the MP's assertion.

Amedzro Jerry John said Nana's decision is just sad.

Economist Reagan Asiakwa Amoah asked Ablakwa which he has chosen:

On the night of April 19, 2020, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo addressed the nation for the seventh time regarding the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.

Significant on his list of measures was to lift a 3-week lockdown which he imposed on certain parts of Accra, Kasoa and Kumasi to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Since the lockdown, Ghana's case count has multiplied by several hundred, ending up at 1042 on the night he lifted the lockdown.

This has sparked great controversy among many people in Ghana who think it is premature to lift the lockdown at this stage.

Although the president did not give details on exactly why he decided to lift the ban on movement despite the surge in Ghana's cases, it is clear that it was having an adverse effect on the livelihoods of people and the economy as well.

Meanwhile, a total of 40 deaths have been recorded in relation to the outbreak of cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM) in the Upper West Region of Ghana, out of the 409 cases reported in total.

This was confirmed in a statement released by the Disease Surveillance Department of the Ghana Health Service on its official Twitter handle.

It is indicated that 258 out of the 409 cases of the meningitis were recorded in the Upper West Region alone, which makes it the epicentre of the disease outbreak.

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Source: Yen Newspaper

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