Security personnel of the Immigration Service of Ghana have forced some residents of the Bono Region to sweep and desilt gutters for failing to put on their face masks as directed by the president.

The president in his recent past address to the nation announced the compulsory wearing of face mask as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

The president charged the police and other law enforcement agencies to ensure the directive was complied with by the citizenry.

However, these residents found no reason to put it and as a result, had to be subjected to instant communal labour.

An immigration officer, who spoke to the media, justified the ‘punishment’ handed-out to the residents who failed to comply with the President’s directive.

He said it formed part of the strict enforcement of the wearing of facemask directive.

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“President Akufo-Addo has announced that the wearing of facemask is now mandatory. And so we the municipal taskforce have decided to hit the streets and make sure people follow the directive. So when you are caught not wearing a facemask, you are made to desilt a gutter or sweep the road. This is to serve as their punishment since we don’t want to beat anyone.

“ A lot of people don’t obey the already existing directives, but with what we’ve started doing I believe they will start adhering to the directives including the new one,” he noted.

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