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The Assembly Member for Aburaso Electoral Area in the Atwima Kwanwoma District of Ashanti, with support from some stakeholders in the area paid up 8 food vendors in the community an amount of GHS1500.00 to halt their businesses on Wednesday to allow the indigenes observe the National fasting and prayer directed by Nana Akufo- Addo against the Covid- 19.

The beneficiaries included 3 kenkey sellers, three rice sellers and 2 porridge sellers with each receiving GHS200.00, GHS250.00 and GHS75.00 respectively.

Abena Amponsah and Yaa Afriyie, a rice and kenkey sellers respectively, in an interview with DAILY GUIDE, commended the Assembly Member for his initiative.

“We decided to agree to our assembly Member’s call because we thought it was laudable. We know the money he gave us was peanut, nevertheless that is the means by which we could also support the government in his quest to fight this menace,” the said

The Assembly Member, Emmanuel Nyanteng, alias Abedi , a teacher by profession, who said, was touched by the excellent decision by the President to call on Ghanaians to pray to God to intervene in the Covid-19 pandemic, said he seek help from some well- meaning persons in the electoral area to support him pay the food vendors who agreed to suspend their businesses on Wednesday.

“What actually motivated me was that we have seen how some people are suffering from this plague, in other parts of the world, so I  took it really serious to engage the whole community in this fasting and prayers,”

“Just like the bible says that obedience is better than sacrifice, we decided to obey the instruction of the President so in as much as I collaborate with the stakeholders of the community, we made sure that those who are selling food in the morning put a stop to it, they don’t sell to anybody so that we all join hands with the people and pray for our nation Ghana”, Mr. Nyanteng said.

According to him, the decision by the President to call on Ghanaians to fast and pray for God’s intervention against the Covid- 19 was in the right direction.

He furthered that  the president’s plea was biblical as it was written in 2 Chronicles 7:14, that: “if my people, who are called by my name,  will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land .”

An elated Nyanteng disclosed to DAILY GUIDE that he managed to also organize church leaders within the community to pray to God for His mercies.

“To honour and respect the decree of our President that today which is the fasting day for our nation against this pandemic, I thought it wise that when you read Roman 13:1-7, it talks about the necessity to respect authority and to subject to their instruction and everything so I thought it wise to collaborate with every church leader in the community to pray against this deadly pandemic,” he added

 Members of the community were also served with porridge and bread to end their fast.

President Nana Akufo-Addo joined Ghanaians to fast, pray and seek God’s intervention as the country and the world battles the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic which has infected hundreds of thousands of people and claimed many lives across the globe.

Ghana has so far confirmed 93 cases with 4 deaths.

The president declared the national exercise during his third national address over the weekend to  informed citizens on measures taken to tackle the outbreak of the disease in the country,

In that address on Saturday, March 21, 2020, President Akufo-Addo pleaded with Ghanaians to pray whilst adhering to the measures outlined to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

“Whilst we continue to adhere to these measures and ramp up our efforts to defeat this virus, I urge all of us also to seek the face of the Almighty. So on Wednesday, 25th March 2020, I appeal to all Ghanaians – Christians and Muslims to observe a national day of fasting and prayer. Let us pray to God to protect our nation and save us from this pandemic,” he said.

Source: David Afum

 

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