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After National Cathedral, Govt Considering Plans for a National Shrine

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The Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Mr Samuel Kofi Dzamesi, says the government is considering plans to build a national shrine for traditional leaders.

Responding to a question at a press briefing in Accra on Wednesday, Mr Dzamesi said his ministry has been approached by some traditional groupings for the construction of a national shrine.

According to him, the construction of a national shrine would not be unrealistic since the Islamic and Christian faiths in the country have a national mosque and national cathedral respectively.

“Since I took office, as I said, we have a national mosque and now we are in the process of building a national cathedral. And few times, some traditional groupings have also approached me. There was a group of Wulomi [Ga Traditional Priests] who also approached me and actually asked for a traditional shrine,” he said.

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“Arrest citizens who refuse to wear their masks” – President Akufo-Addo directs IGP

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President Akufo-Addo has directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr Oppong-Boanuh to effect the arrest and prosecution of members of the public who refuse to adhere to the strict wearing of masks as means to curb the spread of the virus.

According to the president, as the nation continue to fight against the pandemic, he has observed that many Ghanaians have refused to adhere to the stringent wearing of masks which is part of the spikes in new infections in recent days.

Delivering his 22nd Covid update, President Akufo warned that anyone who will be seen not wearing the mask will be arrested and dealt with by law.

“I have instructed the Inspector General of Police to direct officers, men, and women of the Police Service to ensure the rigorous enforcement of the law on mask-wearing at all public places and in public transport.”

“They are also to ensure the closure of all nightclubs, pubs, cinemas, and beaches that may be operating in defiance of the law. They will be assisted by the other security agencies if need be.”

“Should anyone be arrested by the security agencies disregarding this directive, that person will be dealt with strictly in accordance with the law”, he warned.

 

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Don’t give me a reason to close down schools again – Akufo-Addo cautions students

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President Akufo-Addo is urging students to adhere strictly to the Covid-19 preventive measures as they return to school.

In his 22nd update on measures taken to fight the coronavirus on Sunday, the President acknowledged the challenges that surfaced when children were directed to study from home at the peak of the pandemic in the country.

According to him, it causes a huge restrain for not only pupils but parents and teachers as well.

He, therefore, appealed to students to play their part by abiding by the safety protocols to stem the spread of the disease.

I am pleading with you, please observe the Covid-19 protocols at all times. You must maintain the level of discipline and sense of responsibility to stop the virus from spreading in your schools and, for day students, at home, as well. Wear your masks at all times. Wash and sanitize your hands regularly. Protect yourself. Protect each other. Protect your teachers. Protect your parents.

“But, please, do not give me a reason to close down schools again. I pledge to do my best to keep your education going. I want you to assure me, your parents, your teachers and society as a whole, through your actions, that you will do your part as well,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo in his 21st address announced that schools will be reopening on January 15, following the closure of all educational institutions on March 15, 2020.

This was part of government’s plans to ensure that the Covid-19 which was spreading at an alarming rate in the country at the time was effectively managed.

Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has asked parents to not panic adding that sensitisation programmes have been undertaken to educate children and parents on how to avoid spreading or catching the virus.

“Heads of institutions, as well as their teachers, have undergone the requisite orientation on “Guidelines for school re-opening during COVID-19”, to enable them assist with compliance of students to the protocols.

“I have been encouraged by the preparations being made by many schools, in some cases, with the support of their old student associations and PTAs, in anticipation of the return on Monday. On our part, Government has also undertaken the fumigation and disinfection of schools, and the provision of sanitisers, masks, liquid soaps, Veronica Buckets, rolls of tissue paper, face shields for learners and staff with hearing impairments, and gloves for care givers and attendants, to schools across the country.”

 

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Coronavirus Update: Nana Addo hint on a possible Partial lockdown and other details

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The President of Ghana, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has issued a stern warning to Ghanaians concerning the adherence to the covid-19 protocol.

Addressing the nation – Ghana – for the 22nd time on Sunday, 17 January 2020, President Akufo-Addo fumed over the recent surge of Covid-19 cases across the country.

According to the president, 13 regions out of the entire 16 regions have been hit by the deadly coronavirus.

He admonished Ghanaians to adhere to the covid-19 protocols in order to bring the situation under control.

He said he will be left with no option than to impose a partial lockdown – if the need be – to curtail the spread of the deadly virus.

The President added that security personnel and regulatory agencies will work vigorously to ensure that citizens adhere to the protocol.

 

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