Takoradi, June 23, GNA - The Western Regional Director of National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE ), Mr Justice Yaw Ennin, has commended the government for providing the Commission with vehicles to intensify public education on the fight against COVID-19 Pandemic.
He further lauded the efforts of the government for backing the fight against COVID-19 Pandemic with laws and appropriate logistics.
Mr Ennin who made the commendation in an interview with the GNA in Takoradi pointed out that the provision of the vehicles has gone a long way to boost the work of the Commission in the Region, adding that they now visit between 20 and 50 communities in a day.
He announced that the region took delivery of seven pick-ups from the government, which he said has increased the number of vehicles operating in the region to 12.
The Regional Director said out of the 14 districts in the region, 12 have vehicles and that the remaining two were being supported by the District Assembly and Ghana Education Service to embark on public education.
He said the seven vehicles the Commission received recently were distributed to the Shama, Mpohor, Effia-Kwesimintsim, Ahanta West, Nzema East, Ellemebelle, and Prestea-Huni Valley districts which have all recorded cases of COVID-19.
He said the Commission's public education has taken them to almost all churches, mosques, markets, radio stations, and landing beaches in the region.
Mr Ennin explained that the public education by the Commission was mainly on observing the COVID-19 pandemic protocols, especially wearing of nose masks and face shields and social distancing.
He commended the churches in the Region for strictly observing the government protocols pertaining to the reopening of Churches.
According to him, all the churches visited by officials of the Commission revealed that Veronica buckets, hand Sanitizers, tissue papers, themometre guns, and registers were readily available and people also observed social distancing.
He cautioned the public that COVID-19 was real and asked that they endeavour to protect themselves and others by wearing nose masks when they are in public places, stressing that it was an offence punishable by law not to wear a nose mask in public.
Mr Ennin said the major challenge the Commission was facing in the region currently is the issue of some recalcitrant people not wearing nose masks and ensuring social distancing, especially in the landing beaches.
He was however hopeful that with the public education on the importance of wearing nose masks and social distancing, the situation would change soon.
The Regional Director said his outfit has put in place a monitoring team to visit the various communities in the region to ensure that the people duly observe all the safety protocols.
Mr Ennin used the occasion to thank traditional authorities in the Region for supporting the Commission to execute its mandate in this trying times.