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Lifting lockdown ban recipe for disaster-Afaglo expresses worry

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THE CHIEF Executive of (CEO) of Marrer Ghana Limited and Susatgad Boat Building and Fishing Industries, Mr Novihoho Afaglo, has stated that the President’s decision to lift the partial lockdown in Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi is a recipe for disaster.

According to Mr Afaglo, Ghana went to partial lockdown when the country had 141confirmed cases of Covid-19 so why lift the ban when the nation has recorded 1042 confirmed cases with nine deaths.

“I think Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is acting like irresponsible father and his children the citizens like the prodigals biblically because what is the motive behind the partial lockdown when Covid-19 cases were less and lifting up the ban when the cases have now increased.”

He described the decision by the President for lifting the partial lockdown as hasty one even though “we all know the pressure the system was given him.”

Speaking in an interview, Mr Afaglo said “are we not better off keeping ourselves at home safely knowing this war against the deadly Covid-19 will soon be a thing of the past. Than to insist of self freedom to go about our normal activities and end up contracting this virus when your cure isn’t guaranteed.”

The CEO said this isn’t the time for the sitting government to feel pressured by the opposition but rather take the best decision in critical times like this.

On food distribution

He criticised the decision by the government and the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) mode of distributing food to the vulnerable in certain areas during the lockdown period without ensuring strict observation of social distancing.

Mr Afaglo said the decision to distribute the food was excellent but the plain disregard for social distancing was a health risk because the Coronavirus could be spread rapidly in the Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi due to the scramble by the people for the food.

According to him, because NADMO disregarded social distancing in distributing the food, many people, in trying to get access to the food, scrambled and touched each other forgetting they could contract the virus and infect a number of people at home.

The CEO has, therefore, called on the government to ensure NADMO used a better way to forestall the unbridled way of spreading the disease.

He said NADMO should have recorded the number of people forming a household and share the food according to numbers instead of the current approach where they sent the food to places for the people to struggle for it.

Mr Afaglo said per what is happening now, many of these people who struggled to get the food distributed may have moved with the virus from one place to another, making Covid-19 spread fast and wide.

“You see, alternatively, the government should rather be given the monies to the people through the network operators so that individuals will be able to get their own food items because that will stop the scramble for food and also stop the possible spread of the Coronavirus

“The current system of people struggling to catch attention of the distributors and disregarding the social distancing is outrageous,” he stated.

Mr Afaglo said with the kind of quotation “we are been given as cost of distribution exercise, each Ghanaian is better off having this monies sent to their phones. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo should take firm decision in this times or when this is over he would have himself blamed for lives lost in the war with this deadly virus Covid-19.”

He said the government must learn to put the people interest and health above their own.

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VoterA registration: EC begins nationwide pilot exercise

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In its bid to compile a new register of voter for this year’s general elections, the Electoral Commission (EC) has begun a pilot registration exercise in selected constituencies across the country.

The pilot exercise, which started on Tuesday, 2 June 2020, is aimed at preparing for the 40-day registration exercise later this month.

Speaking to Class News at a pilot centre in Sarpeiman, the Accra Regional Director of the EC, Mr Kwame Amoah said the pilot exercise was to test the equipment and the readiness of trained personnel ahead of the main exercise.

He added: “We want to demonstrate how everything will pan out during the registration period. We have invited the political parties, the staff and people in the community to come and participate and observe so they will go through the various processes.”

On the issue of safety, Mr Amoah noted that the electoral body had put in place the necessary measures to safeguard the lives of the staff and participants in the registration exercise.

Outlining measures taken by the EC to ensure that the safety protocols are observed, he said: “We want to ensure that we observe it because health is important. The Electoral Commission is a law-abiding institution, so, we will ensure that people observe it. If we don’t observe it, it will be difficult for us to serve you”.

“We expect members of the public to cooperate so that together, we can have a successful exercise,” he concluded.

Source: Classsfmonline.com

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Make all final year day-students in SHS boarders – Napo directs

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The Ministry of Education has asked all boarding schools to make provisions for all final year day-students to be in a boarding house as one of the enhanced safety measures taken to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 as the government eases restrictions on social gathering.

Following the president’s Sunday announcement to gradually ease restrictions on social gatherings, the various stakeholders including the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs and the Ministry of Education have given specific directives to this effect.

Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, addressing the press Tuesday indicated schools will be reopened under some strict measures, mentioning the need for all day-students in Senior High School (SHS) to be made boarding students as one of the measures.

While reiterating that SHSs will reopen on Monday, June 22 for only final year students and SHS 2 Gold track students, he instructed that day students be housed in their schools.

“All day students in boarding school will be accepted as boarders”, he said.

“That means all schools that are operating as boarding schools as well, those day students would have been accepted as boarders,” he explained.

And for typical day schools, he noted that “there will be enhanced protocols to take care of the children.”

Other measures put in place for the reopening of the SHS include the following:

Re-opening on Monday, June 22, 2020

Final Year Students (SHS 3) and SHS 2 Gold Track Only

Six Weeks of Academic work then five weeks for WASSCE

All classes to be split – No more than 25 students in a class

Day schools will have enhanced daily health protocols

Dining will be in batches in boarding schools

NO visitors Allowed

Schools are unavailable for religious activities

No Sports and sporting events.

Source: 3 News

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ICGC branches nation-wide remains closed despite lifting of ban on church activities

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International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), headed by Pastor Mensa Otabil will remain closed nation-wide despite the lifting of ban on church activities.

In his 10th address to the nation on Sunday, President Nana Akufo-Addo stated that churches and mosques can admit up 100 people during service. Church services, in particular, are not to extend beyond one hour.

However, ICGC has instructed all its members nationwide to remain at home until further notice.

Destiny Empowerment Chapel International and Spirit Life Revival Ministries have done a similar thing.

Read the full statement below

HEAD OFFICE OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION DIRECTIVES ON REOPENING ICGC ASSEMBLIES

Greetings to you all in the name of Jesus Christ in Our Year of Excellence.

The Presbytery of the Church has considered the directives issued by the Government of Ghana for the commencement of church services on the 7th of June 2020.

In line with this, the Presbytery hereby directs Pastors and ICGC local assemblies as follows:

1.0 Non-Opening of ICGC Churches
No ICGC local assembly shall be opened to run in-person church services until so advised by the Presbytery.

2.0 Sunday Services

All ICGC local assemblies will continue to fellowship together on air and on-line as we join the General Overseer on Sundays for services, as we do now.

3.0 Mid-week Services

Local Pastors will continue to minister to their congregations through on-line, on air, and social media channels during the week (Mondays – Saturdays).

4.0 Other church services

The Presbytery will soon issue directives on the conduct of weddings and funerals in our local assemblies.

Guidelines for Reopening of Churches

a. The Church will use the month of June to assess, monitor and evaluate all protocols in simulation exercises with selected local assemblies in various districts. This will enable us to determine the appropriateness and effectiveness of the protocols throughout our churches nation-wide various districts. This will enable us to determine the appropriateness and effectiveness of the protocols throughout our churches nationwide.

b. The Presbytery will issue clear instructions on the next steps to be followed by the Church depending on the outcomes of (a) above.

C. At the appropriate time, the Presbytery will issue instructions on the phased re-opening of local assemblies which will be informed by the following key factors:

i. The trend of the virus infections country-wide

ii. The reports on the spread of the virus in the districts where ICGC local assemblies are located

iii. The preparedness of the local assemblies in various districts to run church services.

6.0 Compliance All pastors and local assemblies shall fully comply with these and other subsequent directives issued by Presbytery.

7.0 Conclusion We are mindful of the need for our congregations to gather and worship freely and openly. However, the current situation demands that we also consider the health and safety of all congregants.

We pray that God will grant us the wisdom to offer the right guidance to the Church in these uncertain times.

I entreat you all to keep praying fervently for the Church, Ghana, and the nations. I am convinced we will come out of this better and stronger.

Rev. Morris Appiah
General Secretary

 

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