President Akufo Addo has summoned an emergency meeting of Parliament’s leadership amidst the outbreak of COVID-19.
The country has so far, recorded six confirmed cases of the disease which has claimed over 6,500 lives worldwide.
There are fears that in the next couple of days, the country will record a surge in cases, prompting President Akufo Addo to shut down all schools and ban public gatherings.
In a televised address on the night of Sunday, March 15, 2020, the President while appealing for calm among the general populace, urged each and every one to maintain a high sense of personal hygiene.
He also “directed the Attorney General to submit, immediately, to Parliament emergency legislation, in accordance with Article 21(4) (c) and (d) of the Constitution of the Republic, to embody these measures, and I have further directed the Minister for Health to exercise his powers, under Section 169 of the Public Health Act, 2012 (Act 851), by the immediate issuance of an Executive Instrument, to govern the relevant measures. I call upon Parliament to support the Executive in this national endeavour.”
In this regard, a crunch meeting between the President, the Speaker and leadership of Parliament will be taking place at 3pm in order to fashion ways of steering the country through this rather ‘difficult times.’