The deputy Greater Accra Regional Youth Organizer of the National Democratic Congress, Amos Blessing Amorse says Chief Executive Officer of the National Identification Authority, Prof Ken Agyemang Attafuah will have questions to answer if any of those registering for the Ghana cards contracts coronavirus.
According to him, Prof Attafuah, as a public official, owes a duty of care to protect those seeking to register for the cards “so if the environment is not conducive for the people to register,and instead of him to halt it, he goes ahead to expose the people to danger, any liability flowing from same will hang around his neck.”
“The life of every Ghanaian is paramount in every scheme of things. At this time that almost everybody is looking for means to curb the spread of the virus, crowding people in a room to register them should not be countenanced. Prof Attafuah risk paying with his life if anybody contracts the virus as a result of his nonchalant stance not to put the registration on hold”, Mr Amorse warned in a Facebook post.
The eloquent youth leader of the biggest opposition Party explained that there was no justification for allowing the exercise to continue even if adequate measures have been put in place.
“President Akufo Addo was emphatic when he addressed the nation. There was no ambiguity whatsoever in his address when he banned public gatherings. If anybody has followed or monitored how the exercise has gone one so far, it is patently clear that the directive that the NIA has issued would not and cannot be followed. The best thing to do is to adhere to the directives of the President to avoid public gatherings,” Mr Amorse wrote
President Nana Akufo-Addo has ordered the closure of all schools and universities in Ghana as his administration moves to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier on Sunday afternoon, health authorities announced that six cases of the disease have been recorded in the country within a period of less than 48 hours.
On Sunday evening, in a televised address the President ordered the closure of all educational institutions with effect from Monday, March 16, 2020.
While many have called on the NIA to halt it’s ongoing registration in some parts of the country, the Authority, in a press statement, says it will continue with the exercise.
The Authority has however outlined certain preventive measures that it’s officers must follow to avoid a possible spread of the virus.
This, the the NDC regional deputy Youth Organizer described as “unreasonable attempt to increase the number of recorded cases”, questioning why the haste in registering people in the midst of a major catastrophe?
“How many of the villages where registering s ongoing have their tapes running? Even in Accra, hand sanitizers are out of stock, nose masks are equally unavailable. So what is Ken Attafuah talking about?” He asked.