Fosda

The Foundation for Security and Development in Africa (FOSDA), has commended Government for the partial lockdown of certain parts of the country as part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 virus.

Mrs Theodora Williams Anti, the Programme Manager, FOSDA, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, who lauded the Government for the enforcement of restrictions imposed to contain the spread the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, also commended Ghanaians for complying with the Presidential Directives so far.

“We also commend the front line workers, especially the security agencies for the professionalism they attached to the exercise and they’re in a role in curtailing the spread of the virus and keeping Ghanaians safe from this health hazard,” she said.

“We particularly commend Government for the various economic stimulus packages announced by the President on Sunday 5th April.”

Adding that Government’s plan to absorb the cost of water for every Ghanaian for three months would go a long way to minimise the vulnerabilities of citizens in these abnormal times.

“We also commend Government for the introduction of motivation packages for frontline workers as well as the business support package for micro, small and medium scale businesses,” Mrs Williams Anti said.

“We call on the President, Government and Parliament to hasten approval of additional stimulus packages that will directly impact the daily livelihoods of Ghanaians.”

The Programme Manager said food security and other human security needs of especially young men and women were severely threatened as residents of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Accra (GAMA) and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area go into week two of the partial lockdown.

She said these threats if not addressed would affect compliance to the restrictions, endangering all.

Mrs Williams Anti said the interventions by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and other metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) as laudable as they were temporary and isolated which might not adequately serve the purpose.

“We, therefore, urge Government and Parliament to act swiftly to minimise the personal security challenges citizens are facing if Ghana is to win this,” she said.

She also lauded steps taken by Government to motivate and ensure professionalism among security forces participating in the operation.

“We urge the security operatives to continue to use a humanitarian approach for a successful operation.”

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