The National Communications Officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi is asking President Akufo-Addo to be ready to take any responsibility for the "premature" lifting of the covid-19 lockdown.
He said the President should be blamed for any future exacerbation of the novel coronavirus pandemic in the country.
"This move by the President in these crucial times poses a lot of danger to the nation as this can exacerbate our COVID-19 situation," he stated.
In a release, the NDC firebrand indicated that the President's decision of lifting the ban on the partial lockdown is politically-motivated to allow the Electoral commission the space to undertake its electoral activities.
"This decision by the president is to allow the Electoral commission the space to undertake it's entrenched and illogical determination to compile a new voters register for the 2020 general elections". He added
He further described the President's decision as totally premature and lacks scientific basis.
"Countries with far lower cases have not lifted or relaxed their lockdown restrictions. Yet, we who are currently the country with the highest COVID-19 cases in West Africa, have against expert advice, lifted our partial lockdown. Doesn’t this defy science and commonsense?"
President Akufo-Addo on his 7th address to the nation Sunday April 19 announced the lifting of the partial lockdown at the time cases of the novel coronavirus has jumped to 1042.
Read full statement below:
Lifting Of Partial Lockdown By President Akufo-Addo; A Choice Of Political Expediency Over Public Saftey
The lifting of the partial lockdown by President Akufo-Addo, at a time the country is witnessing astronomical increases in positive COVID-19 cases, particularly horizontal infections, is totally premature and lacks scientific basis.
It is clearly a politically-motivated decision, calculated to allow the EC the space to undertake its entrenched and illogical determination to compile a new voters’ register for the 2020 general elections and nothing more.
Either than that, why will President Akufo-Addo impose a partial lockdown with the objective of halting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, at a time we had only recorded 137 cases across just four (4) regions of the country and with 5 deaths, but turn around to lift the partial lockdown, at a time our positive case count has galloped to 1,042, across ten (10) regions and with nine (9) deaths?
Countries with far lower cases have not lifted or relaxed their lockdown restrictions. Yet, we who are currently the country with the highest COVID-19 cases in West Africa, have against expert advice, lifted our partial lockdown. Doesn’t this defy science and commonsense?
President Akufo-Addo’s decision to lift the lockdown at this crucial time, is a reckless political gamble that portends great danger for this nation. Ghanaians must never forgive him if this unimaginable decision exacerbates our COVID-19 situation. The blame for any fatality that is occasioned by this reckless decision must lie squarely with the President.
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.
May God be our help.
SAMMY GYAMFI Esq.