Okudzeto Ablakwa takes on President Akufo-Addo

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Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

The North Tongu lawmaker Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has taken on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo following his 23rd Coronavirus address on measures taken against spread of the Novel Coronavirus pandemic.

Mr. Ablakwa in a statement said, the President has failed Ghanaians on the Coronavirus pandemic case management and testing system at the Kotoka International Airport as compared to other African countries.

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Earlier on the floor of Parliament, the North Tongu Member of Parliament has demanded a drastic reduction and parliamentary investigations into the rather punitive and retrogressive US$150 as cost of COVID-19 ANTIGEN TEST at the Kotoka International Airport.

The President, in his Sunday’s address indicated that, at the 58th Summit of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, held virtually, it was agreed that the cost of the COVID-19 test for in-bound ECOWAS nationals be pegged at fifty United States dollars ($50) at the Kotoka International Airport. Meanwhile, the cost of the COVID test for non-ECOWAS nationals at the Kotoka International Airport still remains one hundred and fifty ($150) dollars.

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Okudzeto Ablakwa said, though President Akufo-Addo has finally, made some progress on the matter of Ghana’s exploitative, retrogressive and punitive Antigen test cost at the airport, as he reiterated in Parliament, the President should have listened to Ghanaians long ago and not wait for an ECOWAS resolution. Ghana could have been the gold standard for ECOWAS.

According to him, maintaining the cut-throat amount of US$150 for non-ECOWAS nationals is most unconscionable, particularly as Ghanaian nationals are not treated this way in other jurisdictions. “What will be our reaction if other Governments reciprocate?” He asked.

Ablakwa demands drastic reduction and investigations into US$150 Covid-19 Antigen Test

“This is not the attitude needed to fight a pandemic which requires that all global actors look out for each other and especially when we are appealing to other countries through diplomatic channels to come to our aid with their vaccines. The President’s advisers have let him and all of us down. The profiteering mindset in the midst of a public health emergency of debilitating consequences is an affront.” Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa said.

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Mr. Ablakwa reaffirmed the resolve of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) caucus in Parliament as contained in his Friday statement on the floor that we demand formal investigations into the entire opaque and illegal US$150 Frontiers Healthcare Services saga. We shall not relent.

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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