Founder and leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Akwasi Addai Odike has faulted government over its classification of some individuals as “vulnerable” in the wake of the COVID-19 without recourse to a thorough judgement to the individual plight of citizens in such a time.
“They are getting things wrong; I have sold on the streets before and I have been a shoeshine boy before and we used to be well to do. You can’t tell me that a shoeshine boy is vulnerable, no! some kayayei make over GHC100 a day; so what is your definition of vulnerable? when you see someone selling on the streets, you call them vulnerable, it’s not like that,”
“Kayayei are not vulnerable, shoeshine boys are not vulnerable, I’m telling you today; go to the commercial bank, Kejetia in the evenings and see how much they go to save everyday; if you want to look at it closely, the most vulnerable people now are the unemployed graduates; go to the communities and check; if I should tell you how much I have sent via mobile money to such people in these times, you won’t believe it,”