The government has confirmed the coming of at least 12 African leaders at the inauguration of President Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday
At least 12 heads of state have so far confirmed their participation at President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo‘s inauguration, Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, announced on Tuesday (5 January 2021).
The countries are Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, Chad, Liberia, Togo, Guinea Bissau, Benin and Niger. For Gambia, Nigeria, Gabon, Gambia, India and France would have their foreign ministers representing their leaders.
Others include the UK Minister for Africa, US Special Envoy, President of ECOWAS Commission, AU Commission Chairperson among others.
Negative PCR proof
Botchway said visitors attending Thursday’s event will be required to provide a negative 72-hour Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test before being admitted into the country.
Briefing the media in Accra on Tuesday on preparation for the event, Botchway said coronavirus protocols will strictly be enforced.
She said: “The committee has been minded by the COVID-19 protocols for social distancing which will be adhered to. As part of the protocol guidelines, visiting delegations will be required to provide a 72-hour PCR test before they are admitted into the country.”
“In this connection, participants in the ceremony will be required to keep their face masks on at all the times. Indeed, the need to strictly observe the COVID-19 protocols informed the number of persons which will be accredited to the ceremony.”
On his part, a deputy Information Minister, Pius Enam Hadzide, said a media village to accommodate about 200 media houses has been set up for the inauguration.
Meanwhile, some principal streets in the capital including Osu Cemetery area, Castle route from AU Circle to Osu Cemetery traffic light, Cross route to Starlet 91 streets, Independence Square, Gamel Abdul Nasser Road, Opeibea to 37 Interchange, Ako Adjei and Liberation Road will be closed to the public.
The police have, however, earmarked some diversions to facilitate movement of motorists in the capital.
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