Head Porters (Kayayeis) at Ejisu in the Ashanti Region have each received a sum of GH¢500 Cedis from the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on his way to the Northern Region.
According to media reports, these head porters were stopped in their quest of returning to their hometowns following President Akufo-Addo’s order for a partial lockdown in Accra and Kumasi as part of measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19
Their attempted mass crossover was seen as a threat to increasing spread of the virus in the country thus, they were stopped from proceeding by security officials who returned them to Accra.
Despite the temporary shelter provided them by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, many have raised concerns over the plight of the Kayayeis since their business activities in the heart of Accra have come to a halt.
It is in this light that the Vice President donated GH¢500 to each of them to amend their plight during the partial lockdown period.
The donation was done by Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama on behalf of the Vice President.
She had the company of Dr Sagare Bambangi, MP for Walewale and Mustafa Ussif, CEO of the National Service Secretariat.
Hajia Alima Mahama also revealed that President Akufo-Addo has directed that the government assists all head porters by giving each of them GHS10 per day to buy food throughout the lockdown period.
Meanwhile, the Vice President has urged all Ghanaians to continue to observe the preventive measures of regular washing of hands with soap under running water in the partial lockdown periods at their respective homes.
“While we stay at home to prevent the spread, let us continue to adhere strictly to all the preventive measures to avoid the spread of the virus,” he urged.
“Let us continue to wash our hands regularly with soap under running water, as well as constantly use alcohol-based hand sanitizers to sanitize our hands. We shall overcome, in shaa Allah.” The Vice President added.