Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

Government has denied reports that government will seek the services of celebrities in their campaign against coronavirus.

Addressing the media Wednesday, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Information Minister said they are not going to employ ambassadors and pay them for the job.

He clarified that government is, however, seeking to work with people who have large followings on social media to disseminate information on the pandemic.

“Government doesn’t intend to pay any celebrity to go out there to become ambassadors for COVID-19. I mentioned in our meeting with the GJA, NMC etc. that we were also thinking of having persons with large following share our messages,” Oppong Nkrumah said.

Those people, he suggested should be called public education champions.

Some celebrities, however, have proved they do not need the government’s go-ahead or money to join in the campaign to educate their followers on staying safe.

Lydia Forson, John Dumelo, M.anifest, Edem, Shatta Wale and others have shared videos on how people can protect themselves and have also condemned shops who have hiked the prices of sanitizers.

After there had been a reported shortage of sanitisers in some areas, John Dumelo went to share the sanitisers to some students and constituents of Ayawaso West Wuogon where he is hoping to win the parliamentary seat.

He also gave Veronica buckets and other sanitary products to all five police stations in the constituency.

Gospel Singer, Celestine Donkor, also after seeing people hoard sanitisers while others increase the price, she took to her YouTube channel to educate Ghanaians on how to make a homemade sanitizer.

Edem, in a recent video, also urged his colleagues to use their local dialects when educating. According to him, many non-English speaking Ghanaians are missing out on the education.