Deputy Chief Of Staff Not In COVID-19 Danger

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The Deputy Chief of Staff and Political Aide to President Akufo-Addo, Francis Asenso-Boakye, appears to be out of COVID-19 danger, having been seen touring the Bantama Constituency of the Ashanti Region, which is expected to send him to Parliament at this year's legislative election in December.

Media reports have said he had tested positive of the virus and gone into self-isolation just like his boss, President Akufo-Addo, but in what looked like a move to clear the air on his health, Mr Asenso-Boakye, on Thursday, was seen in the Constituency touring various registration centers after going through the Voter Registration exercise, himself.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Parliamentary candidate, whom report claimed, was the reason why President Akufo-Addo, had gone into14-day self-isolation, wore a facemask, as well as a face shield to observe the COVID-19 protocols.

He did not appear sick or weak from the pictures.

On his Facebook page last Friday, he announced "yesterday, here at Bantama, constituents of the voting age took their turns in the ongoing nation-wide voter registration exercise being conducted by the Electoral Commission (EC) ahead of this year's Presidential and Parliamentary elections".

Mr Asenso-Boakye, who was also seen sharing some of the facemasks to his constituents, stated that "as an indigene of the community, I went through the registration process for my voter identity card at the Philips Commercial School registration centre, where I have been voting over the years".

He added "I was impressed with the adherence to social distancing and other COVID-19 safety protocols put in place by the government and Electoral Commission at the registration centre", adding "the fight against the pandemic is a shared responsibility that requires every citizen to take personal responsibility in order to avoid further spread of the virus".

The Deputy Chief of Staff noted that "though we are in challenging times, I encourage all eligible Ghanaians to take part in the voter registration exercise in order to safeguard our thriving democracy. Also, I used the opportunity to distribute nose-masks and hand sanitizers to constituents and further advised them to strictly adhere to these safety protocols".

It emerged last week that the Fourth Floor of the Jubilee House where President Akufo Addo's office is located has been deserted and turned into a ghost town, following a Covid-19 scare and reported infections.

It is unclear, how many people at the Jubilee House have tested positive to COVID-19, however, but reports were that some people in President Akufo Addo's "close circle" have been infected with COVID-19.

"In a separate development that has come to us this morning, Senior Minister Yaw OsafoMaafo has been informed that his sample given for test has been returned positive. He will therefore as of today commence treatment for COVID-19 from home...," the information Minister announced.

Other reports, the Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta may have also been struck down by COVID-19 forcing the Ministry of Finance to be shutdown.

The Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, is also down with COVID-19, together with his wife. Three Supreme Court Judges and some high court judges are also reportedly in the alert zone of COVID-19 infection.

Offices of the Court of Appeal had to be fumigated after the death of judge, Justice Paul K. Gyaesayor from the COVID-19.

Several government officials got infected with COVID-19, including the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu. The NPP's 2020 Campaign manager, Peter Mac Manu.

Others are the former Deputy Trade and Industry, Carlos Ahenkorah, the Minister of Regional Reorganization, Dan Botwe and the Minister for Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh was later to announce that over 90percent of his ministry, had been infested with the disease. The Ministry was shutdown like BOST and GRIDCO where the virus has also been recorded.

Unfortunately, the CEO of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as Sir John a week ago died from COVID-19.

Other reports are that the deputy chief of staff, who was accompanied by the Mayor of Kumasi, Osei AssibeyAntwi and executives of the Bantama Constituency NPP executives, also used the occasion to distribute nose masks and sanitizers to support the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

The Deputy Chief of Staff, observed that the exercise was being conducted in an orderly manner. He was also impressed with the adherence to social distancing and other COVID-19 safety protocols put in place by the government and Electoral Commission at the registration center. The fight against the pandemic is a shared responsibility that requires every citizen to take personal responsibility to avoid further spread of the virus.

"Government has demonstrated its commitment to fight the virus by providing leadership and the needed resources since the outbreak of the virus in Ghana. What is left is for the citizenry to also do our part by following these protocols", he stressed.

When asked for his view concerning the selection of Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyeman as running mate to the National Democratic Congress (NDC)'s John Mahama, Mr Asenso-Boakye welcomed her nomination, but asserted that she did not pose a threat to the electoral fortunes of the NPP.

"We believe Ghanaians will renew our mandate considering our sterling record in government. We are not taking her and John Mahama for granted at all. We will work extra hard and ensure a resounding victory for President Akufo-Addo and the NPP in the 2020 election."

"Based on our record in government, I can say Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang will not be a threat to the electoral fortunes of NPP. We have significantly improved the living conditions of Ghanaians through the various interventions implemented by this government like Free SHS, Planting for Food & Jobs, NABCO, among others", he added.

Mr Asenso-Boakye concluded that "her nomination gives us an opportunity to make a realistic assessment of her below the average record in public service, especially during her period as Minister for Education. As you are already aware, it was under her watch that teacher trainee allowance was cancelled; teachers who had worked for over two years were paid only 3 months salaries; and left the education sector debt-burdened which affected the supply of teaching and learning materials including chalks."

The Electoral Commission (EC) commenced the compilation of a new biometric voters register on Thursday, June 30. The exercise, which is being held at all registration centres and district offices of the EC throughout the country, is scheduled to end on August 7. In all, there will be five phases during the registration period, with each registration team working for a period of six days in each phase within the cluster.