Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga Central Constituency in the Upper East Region, Isaac Adongo says, the decision to close the borders to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in Ghana was triggered by questions he asked on the floor of Parliament.
The MP who was speaking in an interview on A1 Radio claimed that he asked an urgent question seeking answers from the Interior Ministry on measures taken to protect the country with regards to the fight against Coronavirus at the borders.
According to him, it was necessary the Interior Minister came to tell Ghanaians what government was doing to secure the borders against the spread of COVID-19 since the borders in the country were porous.
Mr. Adongo said before the Interior Minister could appear before the floor of Parliament to answer his urgent questions, President Nana Akufo Addo announced the closure of Ghana’s borders later the day that day he posed the questions. He therefore believes that the President listened to his concerns and acted accordingly.
“On Thursday, I posed an urgent question to the Minister of Interior to come to the floor of Parliament and answer the question what we were doing to protect our borders particularly from Burkina Faso because at that time Burkina Faso had registered about 16 cases with 1 death and I had posed that urgent question. It is refreshing that just after I posed that question before the Minister comes, the President decides to close all borders so that should tell you that at least, the government is listening and the government is thinking the same lines that some of us are thinking” he said.
Speaking on what he as an MP was doing to sensitize and protect his constituents, Mr. Adongo while blaming government for not being proactive in fighting COVID-19 said he was gathering funds to procure medical supplies to his Constituency.
He however noted that contacts were made to the Health Directorate in his Constituency to provide technical advice on what materials and logistics to be procured adding, that he will be sponsoring a radio jingle to create intensified awareness of COVID-19.
“I’m seeking crowd funding, it is not something that the money is sitting there and I’m just going to pick it and buy the items but I’m seeking funding to be able to do that and I can assure you in the next few days. It is not about weeks or months, in the next few days you will see me in the Constituency” he added.
Meanwhile, until the implementation of the intended plan of Isaac Adongo to procure and sensitize his constituents, no action has been taken by the MP as compared to swift actions taken by some MPs in the country tackle the spread of COVID-19.