The government has announced a 10-cedi daily food package for each head porter in parts of the country affected by the partial anti-coronavirus lockdown which began on Monday.
Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, who announced this said each Kayayoo will for the next two weeks that the lockdown will persist, receive 10 cedis every day to buy food.
The decision, she explained, was based on a directive issued by President Nana Akufo-Addo to cushion the head porters, most of who depend on daily earnings from carrying goods for people in market areas.
About 76 head porters who attempted to smuggle themselves out of Accra to their hometowns in the northern part of the country to flee the lockdown in parts of the country, were intercepted by security personnel on Monday.
Their attempted mass crossover to the north was seen as a threat to efforts by health officials and the government to stop the spread of the coronavirus, which has infected 195 people in the country and killed five of them.
They have since been escorted to Accra.
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