Coronavirus: The Vulnerable Needs Cash not Rice – Odike To Nana Addo


The founder and leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Akwasi Addai odike has urged President Nana Akuffo-Addo to consider doling out money to individuals identified as “vulnerable” in lockdown areas instead of dry packages and cooked meals which are mostly rice.

According to him, the strategy employed by the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) in the distribution the hot meals instead of alleviating the hunger of families and individuals, contributes to spreading of the disease, because they are unable to ensure proper social distancing protocals.

he further said it may be more dignifying also, to give money to people so that they are able to manage and decide on what they want to eat on a particular day, no matter how small the amount maybe, rather than they chasing after food distribution vans for meals which may not even suit their tastes.

“If you give them rice today, tomorrow and the next , you don’t expect them to be happy with it; they are not birds to be eating rice everyday; we could give each household at least GH100 each week or even less, so that they decide on what to eat; forcing people to one kind of meal could also have it own consequences after COVID-19”, he argued.



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