BY PHILIP ANTOH
FORMER PRESIDENT of Ghana and leader of the oppositional National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has stated that even though the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has addressed the nation on contingent measures put in place to fight the deadly coronavirus, what the President didn’t do was to speak about the economic impact on the state.
Addressing the nation on his usual Facebook this morning, Mahama said “this is not the time for words but action. What the President failed to address is the economic impacts of the pandemic on the country.”
“We see all over the world how some governments have made the bold economic decisions of making known the impact of the virus on their economy, how it intends to protect it, so we expect the President of Ghana to respond rapidly to same,” he stated.
“I therefore call on the President to publish its plans to protect the economy, including the possibility of making comprehensive statement in Parliament about the destruction of Covid19 on the economy.”
Mr Mahama also charged the President to present a comprehensive budget statement to Parliament on what the country is doing in supporting businesses.
The former President again called for provision of isolated centres across regions so that a patient would not have to be transported to Accra for treatment.
He said the President must give assurance to the health professionals by a way of an insurance package so that they will have the confidence in tackling patients with coronavirus.
Mr Mahama called on the Economic Community of West African States to come up with modalities in dealing with the virus as well as its impact on the sub-region.
He charged the Ministry of Health to immediately constitute a committee to deal with false information from real cases and assured the people of Ghana that the NDC and its former appointees were ready to offer any assistance or help to the government at any given point.
Mr Mahama called for unity among Ghanaians at this point and advised all Ghanaians to ensure personal hygiene by observing the rules of using hand sanitizers, refrain from social gathering and above all pray that the country would come out stronger from this deadly virus.