Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has donated 500 Cedis (GHC500) each to the stranded Kayaye who were stopped at Ejisu in the Ashanti Region on their way to the Northern Region.
The head porters, numbering about 76, had attempted to flee from Accra back to their hometowns in the wake of the President’s order for a partial lockdown in the Capital and other parts of the country, but their journey back home was unsuccessful as they were arrested in Ejisu and returned to Accra.
Despite the temporary provision of shelter for them by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, many have raised concerns over the plight of the Kayayes under the current circumstance, as business activities in the heart of Accra have come to a halt.
In response to this, the Vice President has donated GHC500 to each of them to alleviate their plight during the period of the partial lockdown.
The donation was made on behalf of the Vice President by the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama.
She revealed that President Akufo-Addo has directed that government assist all Kayaye/ head porters by giving each of them GHC10 per day to buy food throughout the lockdown period.
Meanwhile, the Vice President has also urged all Ghanaians to continue to observe the preventive measures of regular handwashing with soap under running water, while observing the partial lockdown.