Oscar Yao Doe, an entrepreneur, philanthropist and social activist, has made recommendations to the President and Finance Minister on ways to cushion Ghanaians as the Coronavirus pandemic continue to wreak havoc.
In an open letter to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Mr. Doe, who is the Executive Chairman of Eurostar Limousine Group, made several recommendations including the suspension of all electricity and water bills payments to all households across Ghana for at least 90 days, payment of GH¢1,000 to public sector workers, direct financial support to MMDAs, and direct cash transfers to pensioners.
“I believe Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has an accurate database to credit pre-paid meter users as well. Government should sponsor water tankers across Ghana to distribute water to the most vulnerable communities daily or three times weekly.
Issue GH¢1000 cash or direct transfer payment to all public sector workers across Ghana and at the same time guarantee full salary payment to all public sector workers for 90 days. Inject direct financial support to all Districts & Municipal Assemblies depending on their sizes across Ghana.
Provide direct extra cash allowance to all frontline workers battling the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Government should take care of all medical bills including feeding of any Ghanaian who get the virus,” he said in the letter.
To him, these actions would significantly reduce the anxiety, panic and excessive stress Ghanaians are currently going through.
He urged the Director General of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), John Ofori-Tenkorang, to seek approval from its regulator and the presidency to provide cash or issue direct transfer of at least GH¢1000 or at most GH¢2000 base on salary grades to cushion pensioners across Ghana for 90 Days.
“Let’s protect pensioners, in the mist of this crisis the best antidote is to activate leadership by strong conviction and decisively protecting people’s lives, and not leadership by convenience. Let’s act fast to protect lives,” he added.
Current state of COVID-19 situation in Ghana
So far the country has recorded 132 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since it recorded its first two cases on March 12, 2020. As of 11am of March 26, the Ministry of Information stated through a Facebook post that, there has so far been three deaths.
The Ministry further added that all three cases who died were aged and had underlying chronic medical conditions. As regards contact tracing, the Ministry noted that a total of 970 contacts have been identified and are being tracked. “Out of these, 204 have completed the 14-days mandatory follow up,” the statement added.