27.03.2020 Headlines

COVID-19: Shut Down Public Transport — Pastor Otabil

COVID-19: Shut Down Public Transport — Pastor Otabil
LISTEN MAR 27, 2020

Pastor Mensa Otabil, the General Overseer of ICGC, advocates for the suspension of public transport in the country since it is one of the means of spreading the coronavirus.

Speaking in a live Facebook session, the founder and leader of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) noted that: “The manifestation of the pandemic in Ghana may not be the same as Great Britain, the incidence may not be the same. I think the best thing for our political leaders is to have the most objective sources of information and balance between the needs of the people and the reality of what should be done.

“Different countries have used different models to resolve this. Some did very draconian lockdowns and it worked for them, others did massive testing and it worked for them and different people have approached it differently…

“Should there be a lockdown in Ghana, I don’t know, I don’t have the facts, but my common sense will be that we should suspend public transport because this thing travels by transportation. We’ve shut down airlines, so, maybe inter-city travel must be shut down. We have to start shutting down travel one way or the other that may end up becoming like a lockdown one way or the other except people decide to walk from Accra to Kumasi or wherever they want to walk to, and that will be my commonsensical approach.”

He added that: “I don’t think the government has any responsibility to take my advice; I’m seeing it from the information I have, they are seeing it from a different point of view and they may make a different call on the same facts. Yes, everybody thinks shutting down maybe the answer but shutting down can be very scary.”

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