The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has donated GH¢500 to each of the stranded Kayaye (head porters) 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 Accra back to their hometowns in the wake of the President’s order for a partial lockdown in the capital city and other parts of the country, but their journey back home was unsuccessful as it fell within the lockdown time on Monday.
Their attempted mass crossover to the north was seen as a threat to stop the spread of the virus in the country, and they were stopped from proceeding by security officials, who returned them to Accra.
Despite the temporary provision of shelter for them by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, many have raised concerns over the plight of the Kayaye under the current circumstance, as business activities in the heart of Accra have come to a halt.
It is in response to this that the Vice President has donated GH¢500 to each of them to lessen their burden during the period of the lockdown.
The donation was made on behalf of the Vice President by the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama.
She was accompanied by Dr. Sagare Bambangi, MP for Walewale, and Mustafa Ussif, CEO of the National Service Secretariat.
Hajia Alima Mahama also revealed that President Nana Akufo-Addo has directed that government assist all Kayaye by giving each of them GH¢10 per day to buy food throughout the lockdown period.
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