The Founder and Leader of Parliament Chapel International, Apostle Francis Amoako Attah has expressed disappointment in Pharmaceutical companies operating in Ghana for their inability to produce enough hand sanitizers to meet the demand in this trying time.
Apostle Francis Amoako Attah who virtually sob for Ghana, was speaking amid the shortage of Hand sanitizers as the Coronavirus hit the country with six cases confirmed so far.
According to him, these companies should have planned ahead of time immediately the COVID-19 emerged in China and begun spreading.
He said, lack of ideas is indeed killing Africa and Ghana especially and that the time has come for great thinkers to take advantage of the situation and grow the economy of Ghana.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with this journalist, Apostle Francis Amoako Attah averred that Ghana could have seized the opportunity and expand its production base through massive industrialization in the wake of the novel coronavirus spread.
He said materials that are necessary in preventing the spread and contraction of the disease must be made available throughout the country and that, he said, must be the work of the Pharmaceutical companies.
According to him, Ghanaian medicine men, fetish priests and priestess who always go on air claiming to have medicines that cure all ailments have gone quiet.
He challenged them to come out and prove their capabilities to the whole world on what they can do to help mankind.
“This is the time for these people to come out and justify their worth. If they cannot, then they should shut up. They should stop deceiving us; telling people to come to their shrines and their hospitals for treatment of all sorts of sicknesses,” he said in anger.
According to him, although it is important to follow all the measures put in place to contain the disease and the restrictions announced by the President of the Republic, it will take God to save man from the hands of COVID-19.
Quoting the Bible, 2 Chronicles 7:14 God says: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Apostle Francis Amoako Attah said the above Scripture tells the world that there is nothing “impossible” for God.
“This is the time we must also pray. I think it will not be out of place for the President to also declare or announce moment of national prayer apart from the physical measures we have put in place,” he said.
“Who would have thought that Donald Trump will call on Americans to pray to God to save them from COVID-19? Look, there is God and when we call out to Him in times like this, He will answer,” he added.
A week ago, Apostle Francis Amoako Attah in a similar interview called on government to support local industries to boost production and make Ghana self-dependent, before the pandemic is over.
To him, Ghana must take advantage of the situation in China and become the production hub for majority of commodities which can be exported to other countries when situations calm.
Few days after making this call, the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, came out to stressed the point that even though the Coronavirus pandemic presents severe consequences for the country, it also presents Ghana with an opportunity to reduce her dependency on imports.
In a meeting with the leaders of the country’s pharmaceutical and banking industries on Monday, 16th March, 2020, at Jubilee House, President Akufo-Addo lamented the overly-reliant nature of the country on foreign-made things across the board saying that Ghana should possess the capacity to become self-sufficient in the manufacture of items such as masks, hand sanitizers and disposable gloves – basic items needed to combat the spread of Coronavirus.
Commenting however on the President’s latest position, Apostle Francis Amoako Attah said the President was right and that government must take the lead and resource the local companies in that regard.
He mentioned that Ghana is far too dependent on the things made abroad and imported when we should be making most of the things in Ghana ourselves.
“I keep saying that this crisis is an opportunity. People make money, people grow, people get out of poverty when they think far and seize opportunities that problems present,” he said.
By: PROSPER AGBENYEGA