July 7, 2020

Minister for Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekufful has said the need to observe social distancing during the Electoral Commission’s registration exercise is for the benefit of individual Ghanaians, and they are not doing it for the state.

According to her observing the protocols against the spread of COVID-19 would protect ones family especially those who are older in the family; fathers, mothers, aunties and uncles.

In an interview, she pointed out that in her rounds to observe the registration exercise by EC, she noticed that when her constituents see her they start observing the social and physical distancing protocols but when she goes away they relax it.

Again, note that it is not that people do not have the facemask, they do, it is either in their pocket, bag, they are holding it or they have it on and it is under their chin. “Yes the state would enforce mask wearing, we should not be chased with whips, it’s for our own safety, we need to take responsibility for our safety”.

The Ablekuma West lawmaker further pointed out that the coronavirus does not have legs, it is human beings that move it and it needs a host to carry it, “we should not allow ourselves to be that host”.

“If you feel you are invincible and you cannot get it what about your children, wearing of facemask is something we have to do for the foreseeable future until we find a cure for COVID-19, and you see as a country our numbers keep increasing”.

On  the argument whether the registration done by the EC is necessary, she pointed out that the Supreme Court has given a ruling on it and as a nation we have gone beyond that debate, “whether limited registration or not those who turn eighteen years would have registered and there would have been queuing”.

And urged the media to help educate Ghanaians on the safety protocols to enable Ghanaians exercise their civic responsibility. “We should not take chances as a people let us observe the safety protocols against the spread of COVID-19”, she observed.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com