Ghana: Gov’t considering a lockdown – Akuffo Addo

President Akufo-Addo says the government is currently considering lockdown of the country over the coronavirus pandemic as proposed by organised labour

President Akufo-Addo gave the hint when he addressed a five (5) member top hierarchy of the Trade Unions Congress (TUC) at the Jubilee House.

The TUC members present were the Secretary-General of the TUC, Dr.Yaw Baah, Deputy Secretary-General of the TUC, Joshua Ansah, Chairman of the TUC, Richard Yeboah, Vice Chairman of the TUC, Alex Nyarko-Opoku and the Head of Research and Chief Economist of the TUC, Dr.Kwabena Nyarko-Otoo.

“People are talking now in Ghana about a lockdown. Majority of people who will be affected by decisions of that nature are the working people of our country, the ordinary people of Ghana, they are the ones that will be most affected and it is important for us when we are making these decisions to take into account their circumstances and conditions to lockdown Accra” President Akufo-Addo said.

“What are the consequences, when we lock down the country. A responsible government is required to look at all the implications before decisions are made and that is the exercise on which we are currently engaged and I am hoping that much sooner than later, we will come to an agreement within government as to what these measures are and then the Ghanaian people will be informed” President Akufo-Addo added.

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Secretary-General of the TUC

Secretary-General of the TUC, Dr.Yaw Baah, in a brief remark noted that their letter to the President asking for a total lockdown of the Country was to express support for all that government has done so far and not to undermine same.

He added that calls from their members about what the government intends to do about the working population necessitated the communication sent to the Presidency. He pledged the TUC’s support for government throughout the difficult season of fighting to contain and stop the coronavirus, Covid-19, in Ghana.

Attendees of the Meeting

As part of the meeting with the TUC Executive, the Chief of Staff at the Office of the President Madam Akosua Frema Osei Opare, Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kyeremanten, Minister for Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, and the National Security Minister, Kan Dapaah and the Minister for Employment and Labour Relations Ignatius Baffour-Awuah were in attendance.