The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon Henry Quartey, on Easter Monday 5th April 2021 undertook a chopper aerial survey of beaches to ensure compliance with the social distancing protocol. The flight started at about midday aboard a Ghana Air Force MI-17 helicopter, and the minister was accompanied by officials from the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) and some security agencies.
From the take-off point at the Air Force Base in Accra, the beaches from Ada through to the Kokrobite Beach around Kasoa were monitored, it was discovered that the beaches appeared deserted with no activity therein. The only beaches that had some form activities were those that had a few fisherfolks going about their usual business. Popular beaches and recreational centres such as the Titanic Beach, the La Pleasure Beach Resort and the Kokrobite were all found empty and lifeless.
The Minister and his team made a stop at the Osu Beach where they were met by a joint team of the Ghana Police, Ghana Armed Forces and the Ghana Immigration Service. Briefing the minister on work thus far, leader of the team DSP Osei Charles from the Marine Police Division said there we no breaches.
Hon. Henry Quartey commended the intelligence and security agencies for their efforts in ensuring the strict compliance to the COVID-19 safety protocols at the beaches as directed by the President, saying they had perfectly executed the job they were tasked to do and that had saved the country from incurring new cases of the virus.
Going forward, the Minister assured that the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) would ensure that the metropolitan, municipal and district Assemblies (MMDAs) are empowered to deploy task forces at the local level to the beaches to enforce the restrictions.