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Consider the reopening of land boundaries – Mahama Ayariga to Akufo-Addo

Bawku Central’s Member of Parliament (MP), Mahama Ayariga, has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to consider reopening the land boundaries of Ghana.

The ground, sea, and air borders of Ghana were closed in March 2020 in order to avoid the import of coronavirus diseases (COVID-19).

Despite the opening of air boundaries, the opening of land and sea borders is also pending.

Mahama Ayariga maintains that the economies of the land boundaries are struggling, and the President should come to their assistance in this matter.

According to him, it is “very discriminatory” because anyone who can afford flights into the country are accepted, whilst those who can not afford such means are left to their own destiny.

Accordingly, he urged President Akufo-Addo to reopen the land boundaries and to set in place strict steps to monitor the entry and exit of individuals.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been mostly told by 2020, and it is not really over yet and the vaccines have been produced, so I do not know how quickly Africa will be able to acquire and vaccinate its population widely, so that we can really assume that we are healthy and that our economies are not largely linked to the economies of these Western countries, and many of them are gradually linked to the economies of these Western countries.

Because of the pandemic, economies, This means that we are also going to fight because our economies are eating them, and we are also bringing a lot from their economies, and so we are also relying on tourism to some degree and COVID-19 is making tourism a big issue.

We are opening up our economy, including schools and the rest, but I just figured we should consider opening land borders, particularly for someone like me with a border constituency.

I think it absurd, as a constituency, that we are leaving our land boundaries locked. We should do the same with the land borders with the same framework with the same agreements we have at the air borders because the economies of these border towns are failing. So I would firmly recommend that the president should reopen the boundaries of the land and not concentrate on getting systems in place to check people moving out. I find it really discriminatory that those who can afford to use flights can enter Ghana, while those who can not afford to use flights can not enter Ghana.

This call was made by Mahama Ayariga on Saturday, January 9, 2021, on Citi TV’s weekend current affairs broadcast, The Main Topic.

Government yet to decide on when to reopen land, sea borders

Former Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah had previously suggested that an experiment is pending to figure out whether COVID-19 scanning could be made available across all borders.

The results of the assessment, he said, would decide how soon President Akufo-Addo would allow the reopening of the land boundaries of Ghana.

 

“There is an ongoing assessment of what it takes to ensure that across all our borders there is adequate and reliable screening and when the President is satisfied that the assessments pass the test, we will continue to open our land borders.”

He noted that though some decisions taken by the government may be inconvenient, they have had to make them in the interest of Ghanaians.

“All the measures at easing restrictions are only done after we are sure that the risk of importation of spread can be contained. It is in that same spirit that this assessment is continuously ongoing. We acknowledge all the difficulties and discomforts we all of us have to go through as we fight COVID-19, but it is important that we protect ourselves.”

Source: citinewsroom

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