ember of Parliament (MP) for Keta South Constituency, Abla Dzifa Gomashie, has urged the government to desist from any biases in the easing of restrictions adopted to tackle the spread of the covid-19 pandemic.
Residents of Aflao in the Volta Region are protesting the prolonged closure of the Ghana-Togo border which they say grinded their businesses to a halt.
The residents are protesting under the banner of the ‘Concerned Border-Town Residents’ saying they have not been able to engage in cross-border trading activities since the border was closed in March 2020 due to the onset of the Corona Virus pandemic.
Whiles air borders were opened in September 2020, land borders have remained closed.
Expressing her concerns on the plight of her community, Dzifa Gomashie, the Ketu South Constituency lawmaker, said if indeed the land border is still closed due to the pandemic, then she has no problems with it.
“It may well be that Covid is the reason why the borders are closed and I have no qualms about that. I have no argument with that,” she spoke to Metro TV.
Dzifa Gomashie was however shocked that some cross-country areas that are hot spots for the spread of the pandemic were eventually allowed access yet without land borders.
“My problem is the land borders were closed, the airports were closed and ports were closed. Now subsequently, those two have been opened but the land borders are still closed from March 2020 to date,” she indicated.
The MP for Ketu South demanded if, besides the trade inconveniences created for the people, a program was put in place to absorb their hardships.
“Have you heard anything about what interventions have been provided for the people along with the border communities?” she quizzed “There’s been nothing.”
Ms. Gomashie expressed regret that some parts of the country received help during the early periods of the pandemic minus the cross-country town questioning if her community members are not part of the Ghanaian populace.
“But when Accra was locked down for a few days, we cooked food for them. When Greater Kumasi was locked down, we cooked food for them. So there was some intervention. What about the border communities? I mean are we not citizens like anyone else?” she emphasized.