24th May 2024

President Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday met with the leadership of Parliament at Jubilee House to discuss wide-ranging issues bordering on the Coronavirus pandemic.

In attendance were the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye; First Deputy Speaker, Joe Osei-Wusu; Second Deputy Speaker, Alban Bagbin; Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensa Bonsu; and Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu,

President Akufo-Addo described the pandemic as a medical crisis that is bringing in its wake deaths and economic difficulties, adding that it is spreading fear and panic throughout the world.

Whilst outlining the initial measures that were put in place to confront the menace, the President told the leadership of Parliament that the increased number of cases recorded in the country,  from the initial two to the current six, necessitated a review of the measures, the reason for his broadcast to the nation on Sunday, March 15.

Broad support

Expressing his encouragement with the broad acceptance of the enhanced measures by Ghanaians, he stated the measures will be under constant review, just as the enhanced hygiene protocols being observed by establishments and businesses.

To this end, President Akufo-Addo urged the leadership of Parliament to support the Executive, as the Attorney-General prepares to submit to the House emergency legislation to govern the measures announced.

The President assured that government is determined to do whatever is necessary, including providing the requisite resources, to ensure the safety of the population.

Role of Parliament

On behalf of leadership, Professor Mike Oquaye assured the President and the Executive of the support of Parliament in passing into law the legislation to be laid before the House, in dealing with the pandemic. The Speaker was supported in his statement by both the Majority and Minority leaders.

The Speaker added that Members of Parliament will also assist with the effective dissemination of the “dos and don’ts” of the disease, as approved by the Ghana Health Service.

Source: Daily Statesman

 

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