On Friday, November 20, 2020, I attended Adim Keseɛ Festival celebrated by the people of Wassa Amenfi Traditional Area held at Wassa Akropong. The festival themed “Our New Reality: Navigating the Challenges of COVID-19 Together”, was chaired by Tetrete Okuamoah Sekyim II, Omanhene of Wassa Amenfi Traditional Area and was graced by various high profile dignitaries. I was delighted to be part of such remarkable exhibition of tradition and culture.

I thanked the respected Omanhene, Tetrete Okuamoah Sekyim II, his grand council, and planning committee for the opportunity they gave me to address the eminent gathering.

As the festival was rightly to look at navigating the challenges of COVID-19 and for that matter demanded collective actions and efforts, I briefed the gathering on the status of the Western Region. From the first case recorded on Sunday, 12th April, 2020, total cumulative number of positive cases reached 3,086 vis-a-vis the total highest national positive cumulative cases of 50,376, and out of the Region’s total cumulative figure, 3,041 have recovered. After zero cases in October, 2020, recurrence of the virus reflect 30 active cases as at date, and unfortunately recorded 15 deaths.

Surely, with the continuous prompting of a second wave demand us to collectively fight this canker by strictly follow all set out preventive protocols.

As we all know that celebration of festivals offers us the opportunity to deliberate on matters that promote development, peace, unity and cordial coexistence amongst us, I highlighted some impact of COVID-19 on our economy (trade, hospitality, commerce, jobs, etc.) and social (relationship with one another and it ripple effect on administration of health care).

I enumerated some government supports (Gh¢600,000,000.00 stimulus package for SMEs due to COVID-19), free water etc. Additionally, I highlighted some completed and ongoing projects in the Western Region (progress report).

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