President John Dramani Mahama has directed the Regional Ministers of Upper West and Upper East to ensure maximum security at the borders in the two regions of the North ahead of the Ghana-Guinea African Cup of Nations Cup qualifier on Wednesday.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mahama Ayariga, who confirmed this to Citi News also indicated that the directives are to put authorities on high alert for any case of Ebola if Guinean supporters travel by road into the country.
“We have given orders to all our border posts to be on the alert, the president directed the Upper East and Upper West ministers to watch the borders very closely and we have been alerted some people might want to travel by road. It takes three days for people to travel from Guinea to Ghana. But as for the border, measures are in place.”
Ghana plays Guinea in Tamale in the Northern Region in the qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations competition next January.
Some Ghanaians have, however, raised concerns about the safety of Ghanaians since Guinea is one of the West African countries badly hit by the Ebola disease.
Speaking to Citi News, Mahama Ayariga said the match will not pose any security threat to the supporters.
“The footballers are in there playing with the Guineans. They played with them in Morocco and they will play them again tomorrow. I’m not sure there are any problems with the supporters. We don’t have a problem at all,” he added.
The situation in Guinea led to the Confederation of African Football, (Caf) moving the qualifier between Ghana and Guinea to Morocco.
That has reduced fears of a possible outbreak from the Guineans and the Black Stars were also screened upon arrival in Tamale.
Source : citifmonline.com