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Yentik Gariba Writes: A Letter To The President, Nana Akufo Addo Of Ghana

President Nana Akufo Addo's Social Intervention Strategies Amount To A Window Dressing Exercise; We Need More!
Yentik Gariba Writes: A Letter To The President, Nana Akufo Addo Of Ghana
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Dear Mr. President,

Accept my warmest heartfelt congratulatory messages on the occasion of your interventions in mitigating the hardships caused by the partial Lockdown of the major capital cities in Ghana with regards to curbing the Corona Virus Pandemic.

Your intervention is not only timely but it is also in line with international protocols, and it is most expected of you as a president of the republic, and indeed, the commander in chief of the armed forces who has foresworn an oath to upheld and protect the life of every Ghanaian in this country. Congratulations Mr. President, one again, for the humanly good social intervention strategies you have proposed in order to arrest the offshoots of the lockdown. Such Pro- socialist mitigation measures ought to be welcome and commended in no uncertain terms by all socialist thinkers in moments like this when the masses are the most negatively affected.

As much as we commend Government for such timely interventions, we wish to state that the measures put in place are woefully inadequate as far as the consequences resulting from the lockdown are concerned. It is important to state that water is not the only basic necessity that ought to be prioritised in times like this.

In reference to Abraham Maslow theory of needs, the basic physiological necessities of man include food, sex, shelter, love, including water and proper ventilation which is anchored on the availability of accessible electricity to the people. In this regard, a seemingly proactive Government that cares about the welfare of its citizenry should not engage in a window dressing exercise which does not actually address the pressing concerns of the public which are born out out of the lockdown. This, I find worrisome and unfortunate, to say the least.

Light, therefore, in this situational condition, could be equated to the means of proper ventilation in this regard. In the cities, for example, the absence of light means a potential danger to life in the lockdown cities as most of them are living in slum areas which are prone to mosquitoes. According to Maslow, our inability to provide these basic needs could ultimately lead to death or ill-health.

On the lockdown cities, what is lacking in the president interventions is his inability to comprehend in a holistic terms the consequences of the lockdown of the most strategic business city, Kumasi. The lockdown of the garden city or Greater Kumasi presupposes that the entire country is under lockdown. Non of the remaining 14 regional cities can function in real terms with the strategic capital city kumasi under lockdown. On this occasion, I think that the Government must recognise the fact that the rest of 14 regions are, in real terms, under lockdown, and therefore deserve to befenefit from the inadequate social intervention measures put in place by NanaAkufo Addo and his Government . Most of the business enterprises especially in northern Ghana who purchase their goods from Kumasi and Accra have laid off their workers following the lockdown. Are they not Ghanaians, or is it that we cannot comprehend the spill over effect of the strategic partial lockdown?

Electricity is the basic necessity that can provide a more ventilation to most homes and families under this lockdown if the citizenry of this country must live in a more healthier life style. Otherwise, most people would not be able to remain in their rooms if they are disconnected as a results of their inability to pay their electricity bills during this pandemic corona virus era.

In view of the aforementioned background, I wish to, as a matter of urgent need and necessity, appeal to the Government of Nana Akufo Addo, to go back to the drawing board and re-engineer more comprehensive social intervention strategies that would inure to the benefit of all Ghanaians without regards to geographical location, religion, ethnicity, or lockdown.

On this note, I say

Long live Ghana,

Long live comrades of Social Democrats!

Yentik Gariba:

Email: [email protected]

Sakogu

Northeast region

Yentik Gariba
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