Covid-19: NCCE urges police to take on persons who flout compulsory mask-wearing law

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) is urging the police to crack the whip on persons who flout the government’s mask-wearing protocols.

According to the commission, general adherence to the various hygiene practices has declined to spark fears Ghana could witness the second wave of Covid-19.

Deputy chairperson in charge of operations, Samuel Asare Akuamoah, says the gains the country has made resulting in the decline in active cases should not make people complacent.

He made the comments when he led some staff of the commission to the Ridge roundabout to sensitize commuters on the need to adhere to the protocols.

“Our community engagements throughout the country are ongoing, however, the challenge has been with visibility,” he told the media.

He said, ” the NCCE expects people’s attitudes to change in order to lower the level of complacency that is creeping in.”

President Akufo-Addo signed into law (E.I164) that criminalizes the act of not wearing a face mask. The law prescribes a fine of a minimum of 12000 cedis ($2000) or a maximum of 60000 cedis ($1000), or a jail term of between four and 10 years in prison.

The NCCE wants the police to crack the whip and use some persons as scapegoats.

Mr. Asare Akuamoah said, “we need some level of enforcement to serve as deterrent to people who think the disease does not exist.”

The commission wants Ghana to learn lessons from countries that dropped their guard over the period and witnessed a second wave of the disease.

The officials from the NCCE held placards some of which read, ‘face mask not chin mask’ ‘face masks not for your pocket’ ‘observe the covid protocols’ and the like.

By Komla Adom||Ghana

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