20th June 2024

NPP National Organiser, Sammi Awuku

The National Organiser of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Sammi Awuku, says the Akufo-Addo government’s effort in fighting the novel coronavirus pandemic cannot be trivialized, as some opposition element want to do.

He has, thus, urged Ghanaians not to join the opposition in trivializing the efforts of the government and health officials who are risking their lives for the country during this difficult period.

“This government has been an honest government in the fight against coronavirus, and we still continue to ensure that we keep the country safe amidst the pandemic. From the first day that the country was hit by the virus, President Akufo-Addo has not rested . . .

“We also made sure to reduce light and water bills to ease the burdens of the people; nurses and doctors’ allowances have been increased to motivate frontline workers to keep fighting for Ghana. There have been free distribution of nose masks and all that. All these things have been possible because it has taken someone to think outside the box to allow us to enjoy all these benefits,” he said.

Mr Awuku, who has been speaking on a number of media platforms this week, commended the Akufo-Addo administration, the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service for their efforts in safeguarding Ghanaians against the novel coronavirus.

Closing schools not an option

Commenting on the ongoing debate on whether or not Senior High Schools should be closed for final year students preparing for their exit exams to go home, the NPP National Organiser said that will not be a better option in managing the novel virus.

“I am convinced that the children will be safe in school, rather than being at home, because the government has put in place all the necessary measures to curb the spread of the disease,” he stated.
He questioned the rationale behind the call for the closure of schools. “What shows one cannot contract the virus while at home?” he queried.

“The virus is around everywhere because if your parent sells in a market and comes across 100 customers daily before she goes home, such a person becomes more exposed to their children than in school.

“The infection in schools could also be the students carried the virus from home to the school or they got it in school.  It means we all can expose our kids to the disease. That is why all of us must take care of ourselves so we do not carry the virus around,” he cautioned.

Covid-19 test

Meanwhile, Mr Awuku has revealed that he has tested eight times for Covid-19 since the pandemic broke. This is because, according to him, some nine persons in his inner circle, including his driver, have all tested positive for the virus.

All nine tests, however, have so far come out negative.

He advised Ghanaians to eschew stigmatization as it will contribute to people being in self-denial and failing to disclose their status. He encouraged health experts and media entities not to relent in the education of Ghanaians on the coronavirus safety protocols to help combat the spread and fear of the virus.

Comparing record

The NPP National Organiser stated that, despite the battle in the Covid-19 era, President Akufo-Addo and his government have still outperformed their arch competitors in the 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections, former President John Dramani Mahama and the NDC, when it comes to achievements in government.

He noted that the Akufo-Addo led NPP government has transformed the Ghanaian economy from the tatters it picked it from, to an enviable position.

“There’s no doubt that the Akufo-Addo administration has done far better than the Mahama administration; it’s as simple as that, the figures and the records support it,” he stated.

“I’m urging all Ghanaians to support President Akufo-Addo and give him another term to develop this country,” he added.

 

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