Former Deputy Attorney General, Dr. Dominic Ayine has revealed that sanctions on the mandatory wearing of face masks have not been helpful to citizens.
According to him, the government has not made any effort in providing citizens with face masks following the surge of the virus, thus, its not in any position to demand it of them.
Speaking on JoyNews with Newsfile host, Samson Lardy Anyenini, Dr. Dominic narrated that he was questioned by his constituents when he asked them to put face masks on.
“I was in my constituency for a funeral where I met people without face mask and attempting to shake hands with me. I refused and insisted on them wearing their facemask, but they questioned me, have you provided us with some?.”
The Bolgatanga MP went further to opine that government can sustain the provision of free face masks to citizens to support people who are unable to afford one on a daily basis.
Meanwhile, lawyer and lecturer at the University of Ghana-Legon, Dr. Clara Beeri Kasser-Tee, stated that even though the wearing of the face mask has become particularly crucial in recent times, the seeming lack of comprehensive resounding education on its relevance has contributed to citizens deliberately flouting the law.
She also added that the law governing the mandatory face mask-wearing is rather unrealistic to enforce as most Ghanaians are in no position to meet the sanctions prescribed for flouting the laws.
“The law is not realistic to enforce because a lot of Ghanaians would not be able to pay a designated fine after an arrest. We should be able to educate people intensively to understand the need to wear a face mask.
“It is not enough to give information if people do not get the understanding that would aid them to comply,” she expressed.
So far, 159 persons in Tema, 200 in Tesano and 85 persons in Koforidua have been arrested for not complying with the Covid-19 protocols.