Speaking on Joy FM minutes after the president’s 15th address on Sunday, 16th August 2020 , Minister for Information, Hon Kojo Oppong Nkrumah hinted that there is a high possibility of Ghana opening its borders once again, ‘’it is the presidents target to do so by September 1st, 2020 as he stated in his address’’ he said.
He further noted that the Aviation sector would have to access its capability before September to know whether this is in a good direction to aid public safety, this he said must be done to limit the importation of cases into the country, because recording new cases would defeat the hard work done.
‘’While we want to open the borders, we want to ensure that the opening of the borders does not allow the flood of new cases to come in because what would happen is that we’ll be defeating all the work that has been done so far, so for the twenty-four thousand people who would have to come through Kotoko International Airport on weekly basics, there would be in place a number of layers of protection. They have to test wherever they are before they move to Ghana and when they get to Ghana, they have to test again’’
This came after the president tasked the various agencies responsible for aviation to ensure that adequate infrastructure is put in place before borders are opened to allow people into the country.
Meanwhile Dr. Da Costa Aboagye, the Leader of the COVID 19 Risk Communication, also hinted that we have the capacity to ensure all safety protocols for the border opening however all will depend on an impending simulation exercise in which the president H.E Akufo Addo is very particular about.
The borders of Ghana were closed on March 12, 2020, as part of measures to control the COVID 19 cases in the country.