Source:savannanews24.com/Hamza Lansah Lolly:
The King of Dagbon, His Royal Majesty Ndan Ya Na Abukari II has commended President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for taking measures to protect the Ghanaian population over the corona virus pandemic.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunday, March 15, 2020, addressed the nation on measures taken by the government to stop the spread of coronavirus in the country.
As part of the measures, President Akufo-Addo placed a ban on all public gatherings including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, and church activities and related events.
Again, the President ordered the closure of all educational institutions until further notice.
Ndan Ya Na describes the action of the President as prompt and proactive measures, adding that, the measures put in place by the Government are effectively contributing towards public health.
In a press release issued at the Gbewaa Palace on 15 March 2020, the Dagbon King stated that the President is demonstrating good leadership during “these trying times of global pandemic”.
Ndan Ya Na added that “the strengthening of health communication and information systems and the contribution of the nation’s media, led by a strong political will, have all helped to realize the national objective of and informed population”.
“Ndan-Ya- Na wants to use this occasion to appeal to all in the Northern Region and in Ghana as a whole to support the national process of controlling the COVID-19 infection rate. The responsibility of ensuring a controlled COVID-19 infection rate is the duty of all Ghanaians and people living in the country. While Social Media has lots of information, Ghanaians should seek information on COVID-19 from authorized and trusted sources only”. The statement said
In support of the presidential directives, His Majesty the Overlord of Dagbon, in consultation with the council of elders and Chiefs Imams has with immediate effect ban all public gathering, including Friday’s prayers and funeral performance in Dagbon traditional area.
According to the Dagbon King, “the experience of South Korea where religious congregational activity was a key factor in the Asian country’s loss of control of the COVID-19 infection rates should be instructive to us. This is not the time to invoke Constitutional rights as we are not in normal times”.
In another development, the Overlord of the Mamprugu Traditional Area, Naa Sheriga II has ordered the security agencies in the area to dealt with anyone who flouts the directives of the President on public gathering and social distancing.