Gov’t agency flouts Akufo-Addo’s directive on mass gathering


A major government institution has thrown caution to the wind and continues to flout president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s directive that banned the mass gathering of people in the wake of the confirmation of the coronavirus disease in the country.

The National Identification Authority (NIA) as of yesterday [March 16, 2020] and today, continues to register applicants for the acquisition of the national identification card at the various registration centers in the Eastern Region, in clear violation of the presidential fiat issued on Sunday [March 15, 2020].

The move has got many citizens expressing worry about its consequences on the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease. On Facebook and other social media platforms, Ghanaians are expressing displeasure at the decision of the Professor Ken Attafuah-led NIA to endanger the lives of many people by carrying on with the registration exercise, thereby encouraging mass gatherings.

Whereas the NIA officials at the various registration centers have been provided with hand sanitisers and nose masks to help protect them against the disease, it is still not adequate as the virus is very dangerous and ‘sneaky’. reported yesterday that some of the NIA officials said they were waiting for official communication from the NIA headquarters before they would take a decision to suspend the exercise.

Meanwhile, according to a Citi FM report, officials of the National Identification Authority have said the ongoing Ghana card registration exercise would continue since the Authority has “given the registration officials guidelines to keep them safe from the virus.” But some of the registration officials who did not want to be identified, said they did not feel safe with the guidelines given.

Following the confirmation of the coronavirus disease in Ghana, government has put in place measures to curtail its spread. The latest of these measures was the announcement of the ban of mass gathering of people, among other measures.

As a result, church services, mosque prayers, weddings and other social gatherings have been banned. Even schools have been closed down as a temporary measure to contain the situation.

But, in a move that has surprised many, the NIA decided to go on with the Ghana card registration exercise in the Eastern Region.

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