President Akufo Addo had to be forced by the Economic Community of West African States to consider reducing the cost of testing for travellers with regards to the Covid-19, Communication team member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Eric Sosu has said.
According to him, Akufo Addo deserves no credit for the move because he never had the intention of reducing the cost despite concerns raised.
President Akufo-Addo in his 23rd National Address disclosed that the cost for testing for travellers from ECOWAS states would be $50 whereas travellers from non-member states are to pay $150.
“At the 58th Summit of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, held virtually, it was agreed that the cost of the COVID test for in-bound ECOWAS nationals be pegged at fifty United States dollars ($50) at the Kotoka International Airport.
The cost of the test for non-ECOWAS nationals still remains one hundred and fifty ($150) dollars.
ECOWAS nationals and travellers, who test positive, will bear the cost of the mandatory isolation and treatment.
Ghanaian nationals, however, who test positive, upon their arrival into the country, will have their isolation and treatment costs borne by the State.”