No ambassadorial role for Celebrities in the fight against COVID-19—-Kojo Oppong Nkrumah
The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has debunked claims that suggest that the ministry needed celebrities to confer on them COVID-19 ambassadorial role.
Earlier reports alleged that the government was to appoint some Ghanaian celebrities to serve as ambassadors to educate the public against the virus.
According to him, the use of celebrities as ambassadors was not necessarily needed by the ministry as it would come with a cost.
He explained at a press briefing on Wednesday that the earlier statement he made was to encourage persons with mass followers to help in educating the public on the pandemic.
Mr Nkrumah however noted that if any celebrity would volunteer to use his or her channel to help forecast the preventive measures of the COVID-19 pandemic would be of great help to the nation.
He therefore called on individuals and other stakeholders to collaborate with the ministry in championing the fight against the virus.
COVID-19 since its outbreak has made the Creative Arts industry become very dormant.
Following the directive by government to all unions and other groups to suspend their activities in the face of the outbreak, many celebrities have suspended their shows and tours to help mitigate the spread of the virus.
The Public who lack knowledge about the virus however keep doing the same thing, against this backdrop celebrities were told by the information Minister to use their platforms to educate their followers to follow the instituted measures to help in the fight against the virus.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE