The National Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi has lambasted President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for lifting the partial lockdown imposed on parts of the country.
According to him, the decision was “clearly a politically-motivated decision, calculated to allow the EC [Electoral Commission] the space to undertake its planned exercise to compile a new voters’ register for the 2020 general elections and nothing more.”
In his 7th address to the nation since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, President Akuffo Addo lifted the partial lockdown which had been imposed on parts of the country, citing a number of reasons.
But Sammy Gyamfi who strongly disagrees with the suspension argued that the decision only shows that President Nana Akufo-Addo does not prioritize the lives of Ghanaians. “What the President has essentially done, is to place political expediency ahead of Public safety. And what that shows, is that human lives don’t matter to President Akufo-Addo,”
At the time of instituting the lockdown on March 27 2020, Ghana had recorded 137 COVID-19 cases and four deaths. At the time President Akufo-Addo announced the suspension of the three-week partial lockdown on Sunday, April 19, 2020, the cases had shot up astronomically to 1,042 with nine deaths.
Meanwhile, the ban on public gathering and closure of the country’s borders are still in full force.