Lockdown: Protect Big Companies from collapsing – Gov’t urged

The Managing Director of Solo Boye Company Limited – a gold mining company operating at Kibi Site Two in the Eastern Region, Nii Odaikwei Lampty I, has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to pursue human-centered measures to ensure that his decision to lockdown the movement of people in Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions in the fight against the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic does not affect the commercial business of the various big companies in the country.

Nii Odaikwei Lampty I who doubles as the Chief of Osofo Lamptey Community near Adeiso in the Upper West Akim District stressed the need for President Akufo-Addo to take a second look at the teething challenges which would be encountered by some big companies when the implementation of COVID-19 lockdown is enforced. He called on President Akufo-Addo to support the big companies to safeguard the situation.

According to him, looking at the situation at hand now, when the COVID-19 lockdown takes effect on Monday, more companies including large and small gold scale mining companies “may likely loose more money and the situation would also create more unemployment for the teeming youth in the country.”

Nii Odaikwei Lamptey I, made the appeal to President Akufo-Addo when he met his workers to educate them on how to use sanitizers, Veronica buckets and soaps to wash hands to prevent themselves from getting infected with the COVID-19.

“I would like to tell our President Akufo-Addo to look into the living conditions of poor people on how they can leave during the two weeks period of the COVID-19 lockdown. I think things are going to be difficult to them, so he must find ways to support them within the period” the chief added.

He stated that his outfit has provided the workers with what it would take to protect them from contracting the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), assuring his outfit’s commitment to continue to teach their workers on the proper way to wash hands with soap.

In an Interview with a Ghananewsonline.com.gh, the chief applauded the level of public education on the COVID-19, and commended President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the measures in place to control the spread of the disease.

He said the public education and precautionary measures on COVID-19 must be extended and intensified in rural communities to protect rural dwellers as well.

He stated that children and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) must not be left out or neglected from the public education on the disease and called on the Municipal and District Assemblies to ensure that education on COVID-19 goes down well with them.

The chief called on the media to be circumspect and ensure that their publications on the COVID-19 does not stigmatize infected people.

He urged Assembly Members and traditional authorities to collaborate with health services to help improve on sanitation in the localities.

Source: William Dei-Gyau

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