The Western Regional Director of National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE),Mr Justice Yaw Ennin, has commended the government for providing the Commission with vehicles to intensify public education in fighting COVID-19 Pandemic.
He further lauded the efforts of the government for backing in fighting the Pandemic with laws and appropriate logistics.
Mr Ennin who made the commendation in an interview with the GNA in Takoradi, pointed out that the provision of the vehicles boosted their work in the Region, adding that they now visited between 20 and 50 communities daily.
He announced that the region took delivery of seven pick-up vehicles from the government, which he said had increased the number of vehicles operating in the region to 12.
He said out of the 14 districts in the region, 12 had vehicles and that the remaining two were being supported by the District Assembly and Ghana Education Service to embark on public education.
He said the seven vehicles the Commission received recently were distributed to the Shama, Mpohor, Effia-Kwesimintsim, Ahanta West, Nzema East, Ellemebelle and Prestea-Huni Valley districts which have all recorded cases of COVID-19.
He said the Commission’s public education took them to almost all churches, mosques ,markets, radio stations and landing beaches in the region and explained that the public education by the Commission was mainly on observation of the COVID-19 pandemic protocols, especially wearing of nose masks and face shields and social distancing.
He commended the churches in the Region for strictly observing the government protocols pertaining to the re-opening of Churches.
According to him, all the churches visited by officials of the Commission revealed that, Veronica buckets, hand Sanitizers, tissue papers, thermometer guns and registers were readily available and people also observed social distancing.
He cautioned the public that COVID-19 was real and asked that they protected themselves and others by wearing nose masks when they were in public places, stressing that it was an offence punishable by law not to wear a nose mask in public.
Mr Ennin said the major challenge the Commission was facing in the region was recalcitrant people not wearing nose masks and ensuring social distancing especially in the landing beaches.
He was however hopeful that with the public education on the importance of wearing nose masks and social distancing, the situation would change.
The Regional Director said his outfit had put in place a monitoring team to visit the various communities in the region to ensure that the people duly observed all the safety protocols and thanked traditional authorities for supporting them to execute its mandate.