'Just one month of COVID-19 and our economy is in ICU' - Mahama speaks to Ghanaians
The leader of the biggest opposition party in Ghana, John Dramani Mahama has prayed Ghanaians to demand accountability and disclosure in the disbursement of the COVID-19 Trust Fund set up by the NPP government to help finance activities relating to the pandemic.
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According to National Democratic Congress (NDC) flag bearer, the Trust Fund is for Ghanaians and they deserve to know how the money in there will be utilized.
In a Facebook live presentation on Thursday, April 23, Mr. Mahama also urged the government to ensure transparency in the disbursement of funds.
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The former president also talked about how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted and affected the Ghanaians economy in just one month when some senior government officials made us believe that the economy is buoyant and can withstand shocks for up to three months.
Mr. Mahama quizzed why the country will fall on an IMF and World Bank for relief if indeed the economy was resilient like some government officials have been proclaiming.
“…just one month of COVID-19 and our economy is in the ICU, our economy is on ventilators,” the former president noted.
He also talked about the discrepancies in the data on the COVIUD-19 being put out there by the government.
Mr. John Mahama has asked the government to ensure that the process of acquiring data on the COVID-19 outbreak is transparent in order to build trust.
“I urge government to explain the sources and nature of the data and the discrepancies in the data because we need to build trust, transparency, and confidence in the process in the fight against the virus.”
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The statesman continues to urge Ghanaian to adhere to all the measures and protocols to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
“Let us regularly wash our hands with soap under running water, resort to the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers when possible.”
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. James Oppong Boanuh, has directed that all frontline police personnel who are involved in the fight of the coronavirus should go into self-quarantine.
According to the Director of Public Affairs at the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent Sheila Kesse Abayie-Buckman, the IGP has asked that the about 8,000 personnel also get tested for the COVID-19 virus.
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