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Government never banned marriage— Oppong Nkrumah clears the air

Government never banned marriage— Oppong Nkrumah clears the air

Government never banned marriage— Oppong Nkrumah clears the air

Information Minister-designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has explained that marriage ceremonies which are held in churches and mosques can still be held in strict adherence to the coronavirus  (COVID-19) safety protocols.

He clarified that receptions that are usually associated with such events are what have been banned as part of the restrictions on social gatherings and not marriage itself.

The indefinite suspension of weddings as announced by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo during his 23rd Coronavirus update last Sunday has left many in a state of confusion as to what constitutes wedding during this period especially since religious activities are still being organised fully.

Mr Oppong Nkrumah in his explanation said government has not banned people from marrying but the restriction is on a full blown celebration associated with the marriage

“We have got a lot of requests about so what if somebody is having a church service, which is allowed, and they choose to bless their marriage there as part of the church service. I’m not sure that is what has been banned. It’s the wedding. The full-blown wedding with its reception and social activity associated with it is what has been banned.”

“The president did not say that marriages are banned. What the president has said is that, what in Ghana we call wedding, the full-blown wedding where we have a big party with a reception and people dancing and people eating, sitting at reception tables, etc, that is what has been banned,” he added.

Mr Oppong Nkrumah also shed light on the organisation of private burials and funerals stating that just like marriages the large gatherings organized for mourning has been banned with the burial of deceased persons with the maximum of 25 persons being encouraged to ease pressure on mortuary facilities.

“The president did not ban burial service because the activity of burial, we actually encourage going on without having mortal remains choking our morgues. What is banned is the funeral where typically in the Ghanaian community we will all gather, shake hands, the announcement of people, then they’ll call for a song, people will come and dance, where there is a little party associated with it. That is what has been banned,” he cautioned.


Written by Joyceline Natally Cudjoe

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