The Minority Leader of Ghana's Parliament, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, has called on the president of the Republic of Ghana H E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo -Addo, to take urgent practical steps for the reopening of Ghana's land borders to allow free flows of persons and goods across ECOWAS neighboring countries.
In a press briefing today in parliament the minority leader, stated that the country is not out of the COVID-19 pandemic yet but the government should put proper measures in place to ease the burdens of residents and traders at the border areas.
He stated that there can be no justification for the continued closure of Ghana's land borders because a lot of things are back to normalcy and he sees no reason why people at the border town have to suffer for such long.
"As a minority, our primary concerns is to call on the president as chair of ECOWAS to do the needful to give meaning to the resolution to allow and facilitate the free movement of goods and services between Ghana and neighbors countries" he added
It is almost two (2) years since the country banned the movement of people and goods to and from the Ghana- Togo, Ghana- Ivory coast, and Ghana- Burkina Faso land borders as a resort to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.
The closure of land borders by the president has resulted in the collapse of many businesses making life extremely difficult for people, especially families who make economic gains by the use of land borders.
Additionally, Mr. Idrisu urged the government to review the charges of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing at Kotoka International Airport
He stated that the charge of US$ 150 by the frontiers health services on the COVID-19 test on international travels is very high and must be reviewed.
He emphasized that nowhere in the world do people pay such an amount on COVID-19 testing.
Mr.Iddrisu noted that for non-Ghanaian to be compelled to continue to pay $150 as COVID-19 test procurement is questionable. And condemned the government for using COVID as a money-making enterprise instead of public health pandemic that needs collective effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.
He revealed that the minority will file a motion to demand accountability by frontiers health services to know how much they have made about the testing charges