ONLY CONFUSION WOULD DRIVE THE MINORITY TO CALL FOR IMPORTATIONS OF COVID-19 INFECTIONS

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ONLY CONFUSION WOULD DRIVE THE MINORITY TO CALL FOR IMPORTATIONS OF COVID-19 INFECTIONS

The Minority in particular, and the entirety of the opposition NDC, appear to be in disarray in terms of their position on the closure of the country’s borders.

Their position on the COVID-19 fight and its attendant issues, by every instrument of measure, has been consistently inconsistent. They appear to switch camps at the least opportunity, and that is not something one should expect from a responsible opposition party.

The world is in dire straits because of the pummeling of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Economies have gone into regressions as the effects of the pandemic continue to visit countries battling against this seemingly insuperable enemy.

Based upon well thought-out pieces of advice in line with science and common sense, the Ghanaian Government announced closures of our entry borders, locked down parts of the country and the precautionary measures ideal to help us stay safe.

Almost a month of the lockdown, the President lifted the restrictions on movements of people within the affected areas. This development nettled the NDC, gleefully and ferociously chastised the Government for prematurely lifting the ban.

According to them, the lifting of the partial lockdown would endanger the lives of the people since the virus was still in full force.

However, in what appears to be a position out of sorts with the above-described narrative they have been projecting, the NDC, through the Minority in Parliament, has called on the Akufo-Addo administration to open the borders to allow Ghanaians outside to come back home.

According to them, scores of Ghanaians are ‘stranded’ outside and are knocking on the doors of the country to airlift them back home.

Much as this may not be a bad call, does it not conflict with their earlier position to the effect that the lessening of the safety protocols would plunge the country into danger as the country would record higher numbers of infections?

Moreover, if stranded Ghanaians were to be brought home, it would spark an overflow of requests across the world to bring Ghanaians abroad home. It makes little sense to embark on such an exercise when we are trying our best to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

In effect, the same party that berated Akufo-Addo over the lifting of the partial lockdown because it would lead to an increase in the infections is now asking Akufo-Addo to more or less import more coronavirus infections into the country.

P.K. Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.

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