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General News of Sunday, 8 December 2019


Eat Ghana rice campaign: Go to local hospitals too – Ghanaians challenge Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

Some Ghanaians have reacted sarcastically to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s call for them to follow his example by consuming local rice, appealing to him to follow their example by also seeking medical care in public Ghanaian hospitals.

President Nana Akufo-Addo in his speech at the 35th National Farmers’ Day celebration appealed to Ghanaians to consume local rice just like he does with his family, arguing that if Ghanaians consumed more local rice, it would boost production and lead to self-sufficiency.

But while some have praised the President for being exemplary and advocating for the consumption of Ghana rice, others have reacted with suspicion and doubt with regards to the genuineness of his claims.

Some wondered why the President would make appeals for the consumption of local rice instead of using his executive power to ban the importation of foreign rice.

“He is just talking… He should just ban the importation of foreign rice… You think we are kids…,” one comment read.

“Follow our example and attend a local hospital when you are not feeling well!” Read another.

The campaign to consume local rice gained steam following a rice glut in parts of the country due to bumper harvests and the inability of some regular buyers to make purchases.

Citi FM's Managing Director, Samuel Atta-Mensah, after visiting some farms in the Fumbisi area in the Upper East Region launched the campaign which has since gained a lot of support…