The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the Volta Caucus of the Members of Parliament (MPs) have donated three hundred (300) bags of 25 kilograms of rice to more than five hundred (500) beneficiaries in identifiable and vulnerable groups dotted across the South Tongu District and the Ketu South Municipality of the Volta Region.

One hundred (100) bags of the rice went to petty traders, bread sellers and hawkers at the Toll Gate or Barrier, UniPetrol Station, the Bread Market, Traffic Light as well as the Vekon Sales Point, all at Sogakope. Other recipients in the district were the traders located at the Dabala Junction Customs Check-Point.

The Ketu South Municipality received two hundred (200) bags of rice to be shared among Head Porters, Mechanics, Motor Riders, Fisherfolks, Tailors and Dressmakers, the Aged and Physically Challenged as well as some Muslim groups at Aflao, Denu and other communities across the municipality.

Members of these identifiable and vulnerable groups have been hard hit by the recent lock-down of the Greater Accra and Greater Ashanti Regions as part of efforts to stem the spread of the Cornavirus.

Members of these groups have also had their economic conditions worsened by the closure of the country’s land borders particularly the Ghana-Togo border at Aflao hence the decision by both the National and Regional NDC together with the Volta Caucus of MPs in Parliament to extend a helping hand to these citizens whose businesses have either slowed down or collapsed due to the Covid-19 pandemic in recent times.

The distribution of the rice package was done on behalf of the NDC party and the Volta Caucus MPs by an eight-member delegation led by the Chairman of the Volta Caucus MPs and MP for Ho West, Hon. Emmanuel Kwesi Bedzra. He was accompanied by the MPs for Ketu South, Hon. Franklin Fiifi Fiavi Kwetey, South Tongu, Hon. Wisdom Mensah Korbla Woyome and Central Tongu, Hon. Alex Roosevelt Gabby Hottordze.

Other members of the delegation included the Parliamentary Candidate (PC) for Ketu South on the ticket of the NDC in the 2020 elections, Hon. Dzifa Gomashie as well as the Deputy Regional Treasurer of the NDC, Madam Evelyn Gaglozu.

Addressing the media after the donation tour, Hon. Bedzra urged the petty traders, hawkers and the beneficiary workers to continue to observe all the health protocols associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, emphasizing that the disease is real and should not be taken for granted.

Mr. Bedzra emphasized that the NDC and the Volta Caucus of MPs were not distributing what he described as ‘free rice’ to anyone, explaining that the support was mainly to the beneficiaries whose livelihoods depend on the movement of goods and persons along the main Accra-Aflao road through the Ketu South Municipality and the South Tongu District.

The traders were extremely grateful to the NDC party and the MPs’ group for the kind gesture, saying the support was timely. The Market Queen in-charge of the Sogakope Toll Barrier, Madam Rejoice Worla Awlesi received the rice on behalf of her colleagues.

She called for additional support from government and other individuals and institutions, lamenting that all of them have indeed been hard-hit by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Credit: AkukorkuMedia.
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