President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has expressed worry over the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the country, currently standing at 3124.
According to the Ghana Health Service, the country has also lost three more lives to the pandemic, bringing the total number of deaths to 815 as of July 15th.
Addressing Muslim faithful at the celebrations of Eid ul-Adha at the National Mosque Complex in Accra on Tuesday, President Akufo-Addo said while the government continued to work harder to minimise or avoid a full-blown third wave in the country, some persons continue to “let their guards down by leaving their lives as though we were in normal times.”
“From the rising numbers, it is safe to conclude that we’ve let our guard down, and we are beginning to leave our lives and conduct our businesses as though we are in regular times,” he noted.
President Akufo-Addo said that even though there is a global shortage of vaccines, the ministry of health is working hard to ensure that the target to vaccinate the country’s adult population is achieved.
The President said until every Ghanaian received double doses of the vaccine, “the safety and hygiene protocols must continue to be part and parcel of our daily activities.”
“As we continue to count on the grace of God to protect our country from the ravages of the pandemic like we have done since its outbreak, we can only minimise its health effects and avoided a full-blown third wave if we continue to be responsible and observe the hygiene protocols,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo said the country was making a fast economic recovery that expanded by 3.1 percent in the first quarter of this year (2021) compared to other countries worldwide.
Many economies worldwide have not attracted the needed investments in their productive sectors due to the effects of the pandemic.
“However, our situation appears to be different as the investor community continues to cast their vote of confidence in our economy, and several companies are making investments in the economy that would eventually create jobs mainly for the young people.”
President Akufo-Addo said that despite the difficulties of the COVID era, the government continues to fund its flagship programmes and provide essential amenities to Ghanaians.
A few days ago, the Finance Ministry granted financial clearance to the Ministry of Education and the security services to recruit 11800 Ghanaians to beef up their operations.
That, the President indicated, would not end there, as the government would place before Parliament on Thursday, 29the July, plans to create One million more jobs under Ghana Cares Obaatampa project over the next three years.
President Akufo-Addo said that the Zongo Ministry and Fund had initiated and completed many projects in Zongo communities across the country in the last four years.
President Akufo-Addo called on all Muslim youth to take advantage of the many development initiatives to develop their talents and contribute to the country’s economy.
The Zongo communities have incredible talents that can be harnessed to develop the Zongo communities and the entire country.
He said Zongo residents have a proud history of contributing to the country’s development and urged them to follow in the footsteps of their forebears.
The President called on all Muslims, particularly the youth, to emulate the life of the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, “so we can create a free conducive atmosphere for the development of our nation.”
In his sermon, the Chief Imam, Sheikh Nuhu Sharubutu, called on Muslims across the country to live in harmony and peace to enhance national development.
He prayed to Allah to enable the Muslim community to sacrifice personal interests for the common good of society.
Eid-Ul-Adha is an important religious festival on the Islamic calendar. Muslims pray and meditate in commemoration of “The Duty of Sacrifice”, dating back to the era of Prophet Abraham.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD