Former President John Dramani Mahama has commenced the distribution food items to twenty thousand (20,000) households in places affected by the partial lockdown.
The items include, rice, cooking oil and caned fish to households in Greater Accra, Greater Kumasi, Tema and Kasoa.
The gesture is aimed to cushion the negative impact of the dreaded Coronavirus disease in deprived communities in the country.
The ex-president last week supplied frontline health workers at the forefront in the fight against the Covid-19 at Regional, District and Municipal Hospitals with Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and other accessories.
Announcing the donation of food items today (Tuesday), Mr. Mahama acknowledge the plight of breadwinners in the partial lockdown due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
According to him, “the situation faced by many bread winners in homes across the areas affected by the partial lockdown and beyond is dire. Many are either unable to go about their income-generating activities, or their work places have shut down as a result of the lockdown or the pandemic.”
John Mahama has therefore entrusted the distribution of the items into the hands of traditional rulers within the lockdown areas for onward distribution to needy and vulnerable households.
The Presidential Candidate for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NPP) also called for fair distribution of the items in these areas.
Ladies and gentlemen, these items – Rice, Oil and Canned Fish – will be delivered to our traditional rulers in the lockdown areas; the Ga Traditional Council, the Tema Traditional Council, the Kpone Traditional Council, the Awutu Senya Traditional Council, the Asanteman Council, the Council of Zongo Chiefs in both Accra and Kumasi and the umbrella bodies of faith-based organizations and people living with disability. We count on these bodies to coordinate and manage a fair distribution of these items to households in their areas.