The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has served notice that it will collaborate with law enforcement agancies to control activities of residents in areas where Easter festivities are celebrated in grand style to help control the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
The Chief Executive Officer of the the GTA, Mr Akwasi Agyemang who disclosed this in an interview with Nana Abena Serwaa on Morning Update on TV XYZ Tuesday indicated that the Authrity was interested in saving lives at a time the whole country has not been vaccinated against the virus.
He said during Easter, the Authority’s key programmes have been the Kwahu Easter and the paragliding but that was put on hold for the second time since the outbreat of the pandemic.
“Our mandate also enjoins us to regulate the industry so we will be monitoring you know other places [like] the Volta Region where Easter celebration is also quite a big deal there,” he disclosed.
“So we’ll be monitoring other places where potentially I’ll call the red spots and so we’ll see how we engage with the law enforcement agencies to ensure that people obey the directives and laws that have been put in place,” Agyemang added as he asked Ghanaians to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols during the festivity.
For two consecutive years, the much-celebrated Kwahu Easter Festival will not come off due to the raging coronavirus (COVID – 19) pandemic which has affected mass gatherings and interaction.
But for the pandemic, businesses in Ghana would have started preparing feverishly to storm the Kwahu Ridge to market their products to the numerous revellers who travel from far and near to participate in the annual rendezvous with the paragliding festival being the flagship event.
But this time, The GTA says it has premium on saving lives than making money.
“At this point, the focus is how do we protect lives?…Its better we keep people alive, we have control the virus so that eventually we can open up…I think that by and large its quite worrying that our industry is in the state that it is,” Agyemang said.