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P.B Otokunor’s open up letter to President Akufo-Addo: COVID-19 influence mitigation measures: methods or treats?

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Tuesday, 7th April, 2020

Fantastic Morning Mr. President yesterday, in your Covid-19 Countrywide Handle, you outlined a collection of interesting impression mitigation measures ostensibly in reaction to some of the important short expression to medium term economic mitigation actions recommended by Previous President Mahama in an address on Saturday 4th April.

Not only does this reaction give indicating to the value of collective involvement in the fight against this dreaded enemy, but also illuminates the supremacy and significance of the Social Democratic ideology of the NDC, a philosophy that drives shared frequent welfare for the persons.

It is in the spirit of this identical philosophy that via our Leader, the NDC has committed alone to sign up for in the frontline of this struggle in total non-partisan solidarity with the governing administration.

Mr. President, allow me to commend you for the different affect mitigation intervention declared, but also to rapidly increase rather frankly, that we would like we could trust you sir. Your claims so far and what you deliver are incredibly far aside.

Very first of all Mr. President, the need to have for this intervention at this time can’t be in excess of emphasize, so its announcement can not stand for a favour to the men and women.

Mr President, just a mere cursory examination of the scenario, provides out 3 important elementary places of financial distress for people, that might current a livelihood problem less than this lockdown situation.

Mr President the 1st of these demands is the provision of Food items. Accessible proof displays that about 15 million Ghanaians function in the casual sector and some 13 million reside by what is explained as hand-to-mouth. This implies if they do not go a single working day, they do not consume.

Therefore, for this individuals a lockdown only implies, no food to consume. This brings into worth, the purpose and purpose for developing the Countrywide Buffer Stock Company, a different Mills-Mahama legacy.

I just take delight in your announcement that feeding arrangement will be manufactured for some 400,000 folks by some Faith Centered Organisations in collaboration with the MMDAs and NADMO.

Mr. President, I think this provision is woefully insufficient, as it constitutes only about 3% of the folks who may perhaps need food assistance in this lockdown.

This is the time for the govt to get comprehensive responsibility and design and style a transparent food stuff distribution approach for the complete country, particularly the lockdown areas. As it stands now, your announcement raises extra concerns than responses.

What is the collection standards for the 400,000 people today? How a lot of square foods per working day? Which places or settlements are certified for the feeding arrangements? How lots of household qualify for the distribution of the dry foods stuffs?

Mr President, I think we ought to be guided by our meals-riots historical past and our clearly significantly less than strong foodstuff security devices, and speedily set up of an effective and a strong food distribution regime.

The failure to do this tends to make ‘nonsense’ of all the general public health steps and renders the lockdown directives ineffective. In point as it stand now, the lockdown is by now experiencing compliance problems, a regular illustration is the problem I experience in Agbogbloshie sector past Thursday, where folks experienced thrown caution to the wind and are briskly flouting all social distancing protocols in research of meals.

The marketplaces remain crowded across the affected cities, for the reason that of the need for foodstuff. When people today begin dealing with food shortages both in conditions of availability and affordability, no measure of restriction and its enforcement can be helpful.

Then what will become of our stay house, cease the distribute campaign? The restriction starts to deal with resistance, rendering all the control protocols pointless and drawing the nation nearer to an imminent chaos.

Mr. President the next of the important requirements, is the provision of standard and economical provide of energy and/or fuel. Obtainable proof demonstrates that above 85% of Ghanaian households have entry to electrical power and as you might previously be mindful, electricity has turn out to be an indispensable commodity in our livelihood, in particular if you have to remain household.

With all the economic troubles related with this lockdown, one would have envisioned a definitely workable and equitable social mitigation intervention that requires into prior thing to consider accessibility, availability and affordability of electric power.

While it is commendable to introduce a evaluate to soak up the h2o payments for all Ghanaians for the next a few months, I consider that you would have served the large mass of persons, much better and much more equitably if you had tackled electric power expense.

It seems you chose a timid route and made a preference of convenience somewhat than necessity. In fact the details displays that only 18% of the total Ghanaian populace have obtain to potable drinking water out of which 8.5% are rural h2o supply programs. Rural h2o offer is ostensibly absolutely free sir.

Mr. President never you agree with me, it would have been additional valuable and useful to a significant mass of our persons, if for instance the electrical power charges of homes down below a selected threshold of intake is absorbed by the government for the mentioned period, whiles all those in the middle intake brackets are offered a 50% reduction in the tariffs for the exact period of time?

Really don’t you believe a socially responsive federal government need to also look at lowering fuel charges significantly, specifically as worldwide selling prices of fuel plummets to as minimal as about US$ 26.41for each barrel?

Really don’t you assume this would have been an efficient way to alleviate the charge of running general public transportation, particularly as you have directed to load only 50 % of its passenger ability in compliance with the social length protocol? This surely would have built it achievable for drivers to make ends meet up with to endure the lockdown.

Never you consider these types of a decision will also help to reduce the value of working residence turbines as electric power steady to be unreliable and unstable even after your directives to the ECG in opposition to very same?

Well, it appears your directive by itself may perhaps be unreliable and unstable, just as the energy offer, mainly because, just some number of days ago, GRIDCO was in the news decrying the deficiency of sustained financing to gasoline different twin electricity technology crops, even while crude oil price ranges are now as reduced as $26.41 for each barrel.

This in accordance to GRIDCO accounts for the intermittent ability outages we are experiencing in quite a few pieces of the region.

Mr. President want I draw your awareness to what your other counterparts are accomplishing in their nations around the world? Some have taken incredibly daring and decisive methods to provide absolutely free energy as can be witnessed in Togo and DR Congo.

Our pals in Nigeria are also on the verge of enrolling exact same as noted greatly on the news website.

As it stands now, the ‘water bill’ intervention could only gain the privileged extra than the specific susceptible and underprivileged in modern society. This is for the reason that 65% out of the 76% urban dwellers who have accessibility to pipe borne h2o are in the middle to upper course brackets, for this reason may perhaps not automatically have drinking water monthly bill payment troubles.

Vast majority of our urban dwellers who rely on this pipe-borne drinking water are those who carry Kufour gallons, buckets and head pans to go fetch water and pay out among 20 pesewas to GHC 1 for each fetch. Prior to I depart the drinking water-bill enterprise, may I check with what measures you have set in put to remove politicization and hire-trying to get in the h2o tankers distribution program?

Mr. President the other significant have to have we need to address is income. Your counterparts are giving economic aid to their citizens even in highly developed nations around the world. What are you accomplishing sir? I took an exciting note of the measure to shell out all overall health pros 50% allowance on their basic income, only to be let down in considerably less than 24several hours by your Details Minister, who claimed the gesture is for only a couple frontline health and fitness experts functioning in Covid-19 isolation facilities.

Mr. President I want to think the minister misspoke, if not, kindly supply us the required clarification on what really you meant, so that we can settle this confusion.

Lastly Mr. President I have realized that all the interventions you declared may perhaps call for some GHC1billion (US$ 200 million). This is double the amount of money of revenue you point out in your maiden tackle. What happened to the initially US$ 100 million announced? Is the first quantity unique from this US$ 200 million? Is it genuine that you are drawing the US$ 200 million from the National Stabilization Fund? The fund proven by President Mahama amidst your fierce opposition?

Mr. President was it tricks or treats when you reported “My father Mahama left me very little inheritance so bear with me”? It does show up that, but for President Mahama’s legacies in governing administration, we would have been actually doomed as nation in this Coronavirus disaster. Really don’t you agree with me?

When it came to the isolation Facilities, President Mahama’s Legacy hospitals have been there,

When it came to mass testing of Covid-19 instances, President Mahama’s Legacy ‘Onuador’ Vans had been there,

When it arrived to emergency paying on Covid-19, President Mahama’s Stabilization fund was there,

When it arrived to public health education and learning, President Mahama in opposition is continue to there,

When it arrived to working with the shortage of PPEs for our well being gurus, opposition leader John Mahama was even now there.

Perfectly, I heard you donated your 3 months long term income to the Covid-19 fund, very good a single, but Mr. President really do not you think we have to have the money now to combat the pandemic, so as to avoid the crisis from extending beyond the upcoming two months? Or was it a wage progress your ended up requesting from the Controller and Accountants Typical? If that is the situation, can all general public sector personnel be allowed to gain from these arrangements? As you may perhaps be aware matters are tighter in this lock down situation, and all may possibly have to have salary progress.

Mr. President permit me at the time once again commend you for listening to President Mahama’s suggestions on how to offer with this crisis, expertise they say is the finest trainer, I’m absolutely sure you concur with me on this one particular. Nicely, considering that you have proven to listen to President Mahama’s advise please kindly take into consideration as a make a difference of urgency the pursuing proposals, they may well be exceedingly helpful

  1. Terminate the 50% increment in the Interaction Services Tax (CST) and negotiate with Telcos to lower their rates for airtime and data, in trade for a totally free extension of licenses for 6-months and other incentives.
  2. Scrap taxes on vital products and solutions these as sanitizers, wipes, food, among the others to make these things commonly out there and accessible for our individuals.
  3. Reprogramme the Livelihood Empowerment In opposition to Poverty (LEAP) plan, to concentrate on additional inadequate and needy homes in this time of disaster.

In conclusion, Mr. President let me provide to your attention that a single of your officers have shot an innocent citizen in chilly blood at Ashaiman in a Rambo Type enforcement of the restriction of actions. It actually took place quite a few hrs prior to your tackle to the nation and I didn’t listen to you speak about it. Did your handlers unsuccessful to brief you or you chose not to point out it? Effectively, I assume I remember you mentioning that it was unpatriotic for individuals to share international video clips as if it was what is happening in Ghana. What about Ashaiman sir?

Mr. President what about your preferred quotation by Daniel W. Snare who stated “We can establish our financial state again to lifestyle, but we are not able to deliver dead persons again to life. Don’t you believe all the officers may well have to live by this favored estimate of yours? I have noticed you tweet about the well being of Primary Minister Boris Johnson, can you do identical about the Ashaiman incidence, at least to categorical your condolence to the family members for their unfortunate loss?

Is it methods or treats, Mr. President? Thank you for your awareness.

Might God bless us all and make our Country increased and more powerful.
Yours in the wrestle for a Greater and Prosperous Ghana,

Cde. Peter Boamah Otokunor
(NDC Deputy General Secretary – Operations)



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