COVID-19: 'Mask-less' Akufo-Addo billboards to be pulled down by city authorities

COVID-19: 'Mask-less' Akufo-Addo billboards to be pulled down by city authorities

- Billboards of Akufo-Addo urging Ghanaians to wear face masks will be pulled down

- This is because advertisers used an image of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo not wearing a face mask

- Meanwhile, the advertisements are captioned: "Wear a mask wherever you go. It will help protect you from the virus"

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Information reaching YEN.com.gh indicates that billboards of urging Ghanaians to wear face masks will be pulled down because they used an image of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo not wearing a face mask.

According to the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, although the government appreciates the effort of advertisers in educating people, they need to pull them down because the president has no mask on.

City authorities have stated that the billboards which have sprung up across the capital city (Accra) over the past one-week have an image of President Akufo where he is not wearing a mask.

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However, the advertisements are captioned: "Wear a mask wherever you go. It will help protect you from the virus".

Some critics have questioned the visual communication of the advertisement but the Minister of Information says the billboard is not from the government.

"We appreciate all who seek to help Govt communicate at this time. But pls do well to engage with Govt on imaging and messaging. This billboard of the President without a mask is not from Govt. Note that at his last public appearance the President wore his masks till his speech," the Information Minister tweeted.

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In other news, fourteen (14) persons have been arrested by the Somanya District Police Command for going against the ban on social gatherings in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 14 'stubborn' persons were reported to have gathered in a house to perform puberty rites, known as Dipo, despite the ban on all forms of gatherings.

The arrest of the dipo rites organisers comes after a similar arrest was made in the Eastern Region where four royals in the Akuapem traditional area apprehended for the same offense.

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