The Bono Regional Coordinating Council(RCC) and Regional Security Council,(REGSEC), led by the Bono Regional Minister, Mrs Evelyn Ama Kumi- Richardson on Monday distributed food items to 15,000 tricycle riders in the region.
The gesture was in fulfilment of the REGSEC pledge to support the riders who are currently not working due to ban on tricycles operations in the region.
The food items which included; rice, tin tomatoes, cooking oil, gari, sugar and among others were distributed to the leaders of Motorcycle Owners and tricycle Riders Association(MOTRA) Bono region branch at the forecourt of Regional Coordinating Council(RCC).
The Bono Regional Minister,Mrs Evelyn Ama Kumi-Richardson,who is also the chairperson of REGSEC after the presentation said, the donation was to supplement efforts to provide food for the vulnerable(tricycle Riders) in all the 12 districts in the region.
As part of measures to help prevent the spread of the coronavurus (COVID-19) in Ghana, especially in the Bono region,the Regional Health Directorate and the Regional Security Council,(REGSEC), led by the Bono Regional Minister, Mrs Evelyn Ama Kumi- Richardson on Wednesday April 1st 2020, banned the operations of tricycles also known as ‘Pragyia’ in the region, until further notice.
“The use and patronage of tricycles (‘Pragyia’) for carrying of persons for commercial purposes is banned forthwith”,said REGSEC.
According to Mrs Evelyn Ama Kumi-Richardson, the ban was necessary to secure the safety of lives,most especially measures and steps being taken to help prevent the spread of the disease in the Region.
“The Motorcycle Owners and tricycle Riders Association(MOTRA) has petitioned us to lift the ban on them, what I can tell them now is, we are working on their petition and we hope they will hear good news by Thursday as REGSEC will hold meeting on Wednesday to discuss about it” she stated.
The Minister urged the people, especially the aged in the region to adhere to all the directives and precautionary measures given by the President, so as to protect themselves and the public from contracting the virus as well as washing their hands regularly with soap under running water.
she added that the region has not recorded any confirmed case of COVID-19 infection.
Alhaji Isaka Ibrahim,the chairman for the Association who received the items, expressed his profound gratitude to the government,Regional Minister and members of REGSEC for the kind gesture in the wake of the pandemic.
He pledged that his outfit would make sure the items were distributed to all tricycle riders in the Districts.
“We are really happy but we are still waiting for the responds of our petition we sent to tricycle riders” he said.
COVID-19 cases in Ghana have jumped to 1042, President Akufo-Addo has announced.
Addressing the nation on Sunday, the President said the increase in numbers is as a result of 68, 591 tests conducted.
According to the President, nine people have died from the disease while 99 people have recovered and discharged, according to the GHS.