It was a landmark, but one reached quietly, amid a crisis tearing through millions of homes and communities from Lagos to New York to London to Bihar. The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, turned 76 on Sunday, 29 March, yet there was no fanfare as he and his government worked frantically to prepare Ghana for a partial lockdown.

The government has announced that the cedi equivalent of the sum of US$100 million, earmarked by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the fight against the novel coronavirus, is ready for disbursement.

The novel coronavirus pandemic is destroying citizens across our world. No doubt, Ghanaians should be deeply concerned by the threat and the consequences of the pandemic for the lives of all people, and especially the people of this country, if it is allowed to get out of hand. The coronavirus shutdowns worldwide over the past two weeks have brought some countries to a halt. None of us has ever seen so much global economic activity vaporise so quickly – within days or even hours.

ADDRESS TO THE NATION BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC,
NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO,
ON UPDATES TO GHANA’S ENHANCED RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC,
FRIDAY 27 MARCH 2020

Fellow Ghanaians, good evening.

President Akufo-Addo has made his fourth speech to the nation on extraordinary measures that his government and the state are taking to fight the spread of the coronavirus disease in Ghana.

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