The Director of International Affairs of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Emmanuel Attafuah-Danso, has asked the party’s overseas executives to ensure that they submit to the directives and safety protocols outlined by their respective host countries to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement, Mr Attafuah-Danso said " The party urges all to take good care of themselves, families and friends. Also, everyone should ensure that they submit to the directives and safety protocols outlined by their respective countries to contain the pandemic.”
Explaining how President Akufo-Addo is fighting the pandemic in Ghana, Mr Attafuah-Danso said: “The bold steps by the President with the support of his appointees and the good people of Ghana are yielding positive results, reflecting in lower imported cases and community spread of the virus."
Read full statement below;
UPDATE ON GOVERNMENT/PARTY ACTIONS ON COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The International Directorate of the New Patriotic Party as a follow up to our earlier statement following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, extends warm greetings to the leadership and the entire membership of our external branches and partners around the globe. The directorate conveys the party’s good wishes to you all, in this moment of the COVID-19 pestilence under which the global community is currently reeling and to update you on plans and programmes of the government and the party.
As you may be aware, the President, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo has received plaudits for demonstrating leadership with far-reaching plans and actions to halt the spread of the coronavirus. The bold steps by the President with the support of his appointees and the good people of Ghana are yielding positive results, reflecting in lower imported cases and community spread of the virus.
The President has commended our gallant health professionals for their dedication and commitment to always serve the country in times like this. In order to protect them while serving the country, adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) has been provided to all front line health workers. The President, as a show of appreciation and to motivate them to continue to fight the pandemic, provided incentives including a Ghc. 350, 000 insurance package to all front line health workers, a 50% of their basic salary as allowance and a waiver of taxes on all their emoluments for the next three months.
Further, notwithstanding the challenges posed by the pandemic to the economy, the President has outlined comprehensive social mitigation measures to cushion the vulnerable in the Ghanaian society which includes; the provision of hot meals to head potters (Kayaye), the homeless and some selected under privileged communities in Accra and Kumasi. Also, no Ghanaian will pay water bills for the next three months. Markets and lorry parks across the country have been fumigated while social distancing is being enforced. The President has also announced a flexible stimulus package for small and medium scale enterprises to ramp up production and consumption of local goods to stay the economy on track.
Currently, all activities and programmes of the party are on hold in line with the directives of the President to the nation. National leadership, led by the Chairman and General Secretary of the party has made donations on behalf of the party and are supporting efforts of the government to fight the COVID-19 scourge.
External branches will be brought up to speed with any decision of the party regarding programmes and activities soon as the pandemic is brought under control.
The Party commends the leadership of the external branches for your commitment and sacrifices. The party also wishes our missions abroad, the diplomatic community, our partner foundations and sister parties across the globe well. The party urges all to take good care of themselves, families and friends. Also, everyone should ensure that they submit to the directives and safety protocols outlined by their respective countries to contain the pandemic.
The party is opened to suggestions and best practices that will benefit the Ghanaian people at home and abroad. As soon as possible, let the directorate know any situation that will require the support or intervention of the party.
The party wishes everyone the blessings and protection of God. Please, as much as possible, stay safe.
May God shower your homes with love and peace. Have a blessed Easter!
Internaional Affairs Directorate
New Patriotic Party
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