Covid can’t be the reason for closure of Aflao border – NDC MP

Member of Parliament for Adaklu, Kwame Agbodza has said that covid-19 cannot be the reason for the closure of the borders by the government of Ghana

He said the government took advantage of the Covid-19 situation to frustrate some Ghanaians during the voter registration exercise ahead of the election 2020.

He explained on the New Day Show on TV3 Monday August 30 with host Johnnie Hughes that if the government intended to protect Ghanaians from Covid-infected Togolese, the country wouldn’t be having more cases than Togo at the moment.

His comments follow the demonstration led by Ketu South Member of Parliament Abla Dzifa Gomashie, held in Aflao last Friday to demand the opening of the borders.

Ghana’s land borders together with the sea and air borders were closed by an Executive Instrument on Sunday, March 22, 2020.

But goods were allowed to pass to and fro trading countries.

The country’s major international airport was, however, opened to passengers on September 1, 2020 after strict Covid-19 testing measures were put in place.

Mr Agbodza said “As we speak we are told just a fraction of people in Ghana, we have crossed the 1000 of people who have died so far. Togo is about 170 people who have died since Covid. 170 against over 1000. So far, Ghana has gotten over 100,000 people infected with Covid thus, those who have been tested in Togo, it is less than 20,000 so where is this perception that we are protecting ourselves from Togolese in terms of those who have Covid.

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“The truth is that the number of people in Togo with Covid is just a fraction of the people here so.

“So I have always said that the government took advantage of Covid and created the situation during the registration and general election , now that it is over they are finding it difficult to back off if you back off people will say you only did it because of the elections.”

“If covid is the reason for the closure then it is a flawed argument,” he stressed.

By Laud Nartey||Ghana