A member of the national communication team member of the opposition NDC, T.T Caternor has lambasted the Akufo-Addo government for its failure to open the land borders in the country.
Describing the leadership of the country as insensitive to the plights of Ghanaians living along the borders, Caternor indicated that economic activities in those areas have gone down resulting in hunger and hardship.
Speaking to Oheneba Boamah Bennie on Dwaboase on Power 97.9 FM Tuesday morning, the NDC man said the arrangements made at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) to test travelers for COVID-19 can be replicated at the country’s land borders with neighboring Togo, Burkina Faso, and Ivory Coast to boost economic activities for the local people.
As part of measures to control the spread of the deadly coronavirus last year, the Government of Ghana closed all land borders.
President Akufo-Addo who announced this in one of his addresses to the nation on Coronavirus in March 2020, indicated the government’s aim was to “limit and stop the importation of the virus; contain its spread; provide adequate care for the sick; limit the impact of the virus on social and economic life and inspire the expansion of our domestic capability and deepen our self-reliance.”
But reacting to the calls for the borders to be opened, Caternor said, “It is senseless for the government to open Kotoka and leave Elubo and Aflao land borders.”
“Closure of the land borders amounts to discrimination because you [the government] are allowing people who have money to buy a ticket for flight to have their way while you leave behind those that do not have enough money to purchase flight tickets but want to travel by land.”
Caternor said the Aflao border has a direct effect on the people and its continuous closure is a blow to the local people who rely on the traffic for survival.
“The machine that is put at Kotoka can be put at Elubo and Aflao so travelers who want to go to Nigeria, Togo nd Ivory Coast to buy their goods,” he said “It is senseless to open Kotoka and close Aflao and Elubo whereas the testing can be done at all the borders.”
Last Friday residents of Aflao in the Volta Region, led by the Ketu South MP, Madam Dzifa Gomashie, hit the streets to protest the shutting of the borders in the area, saying the opening of the borders to save people from hunger and starvation.
She said the country’s biggest border at Aflao, which connects neighboring country Togo is a business centre where many border settlers derive their sales and daily income.
The lawmaker indicated that the lack of human activities at the border coupled with the inability to cross over to Togo to buy goods to sell has compelled many businesses to shut down, denying many their only surviving means.
“My people have been suffering and complaining a lot about this, and joining them demonstrate over the issue is not about politics, but the right of my people,” she said.
The agitations are expected to heighten in the coming days as about ten (10) lawmakers from constituencies found along the borders are piling pressure on the government to open the borders to revive economic activities in the areas.