The Director of Operations of the PPP, Nana Ofori Owusu has advised President Akufo-Addo to consider the country’s sudden increase in coronavirus cases and close schools for final year students.
The President of the Republic in his 11th televised address to the nation insisted that schools reopened for final year students effective Monday June 15, 2020 despite the surge in COVID-19 cases.
President Akufo-Addo said he is of the believe that the preventive measures put in place will help consolidate the health of the students and their school authorities as well as non-teaching staff.
“Some argue that we are putting the lives of our students, teachers and non-teaching staff in danger by this re-opening, citing the examples of other countries, who have done so and recorded spikes in their infection case counts. I have stated, on several occasions, that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to the resolution of this pandemic. We have our own unique situation in the country, and we have always taken that it into account in dealing with this disease, much as we are prepared to learn from the examples of others,” the President argued.
President Akufo-Addo continued that to aid in the fight against the novel virus “a total of six hundred thousand (600,000) face masks have been distributed to the tertiary institutions. This is to enable every student, teaching and non-teaching staff to have three (3) reusable face masks. In addition to this, one thousand seven hundred (1,700) Veronica buckets, two hundred thousand (200,000) litres of hand sanitizer, three thousand, four hundred (3,400) litres of liquid soap, and nine hundred (900) thermometer guns have been distributed, with the transportation and delivery of these items being overseen by the special logistics team of the Government Committee, chaired by the sagacious, experienced politician, the Senior Minister, Hon. Yaw Osafo Maafo, that is supervising the re-opening of the schools”.
However, the Director of Operations of the Progressive People’s Party is of the view that Akufo-Addo’s decision to resume school is a bad move and has cautioned His Excellency not to reason that his measures can not fail.
Nana Ofori Owusu hinted the world statistics on the COVID-19 pandemic and feared there may be a surge in the number of infections in the country when final year students return to their various campuses.
He consequently petitioned President Akufo-Addo to review his decision on reopening of school for final year students even with preventive measures as countries that allowed their schools to resume in the next day close them because they recorded higher numbers of infections among the students.
Speaking in an interview with Kwame Sefa Kayi on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’ show, Nana Ofori Owusu asked President Akufo-Addo if Ghana is better than Israel, comparing the two country’s technical know-how.
He furthered that “the statistics of the world prove that when we open schools, the number of COVID-19 infections increases. is there; it’s staring us in the face . . . Israel is a highly knowledgeable society. I am quoting Israel because of the propensity for the average citizen in Israel to be conscious but Israel opened schools and Israel closed the schools. Are you saying that we’re more conscious as a society than Israel? It can’t be the case.