The virtual concert organized by the Ministry of Communications has generated controversy and qualms. The virtual concert was held on Monday, April 13, 2020, as part of the launch of the COVID-19 Tracker App.
Some of the controversies are that the artistes were paid huge sums of money and also the expenses of the whole launch of the COVID-19 Tracker App are not known. These and many more have sparked outrage by some Ghanaians and one of them is Captain Smart.
The Ministry of Communications has denied paying monies to any artistes even though it is alleged that one of them said has received ‘transportation fee’.
“The launch was held and I must thank the musicians who also performed for free to lift up the spirit of those of us in lockdown and educate the public through music as well,” Ursula Owusu noted during a briefing at the Ministry of Information.
Adom FM Presenter has doubts about the truth of what the Minister of Communications has said and in much rage has vehemently expressed his displeasure.
“Today, I want to tell you something. I’ve been asked to hold my bomb on this issue, but there’s only one thing I want to tell you. Never try to rich yourselves with coronavirus pandemic. Why is the minister lying to Ghanaians and the artistes also denied receiving the money? God will punish you, and your punishment won’t be mild, you’ll suffer extremely,” he fumed.
The Director-General of the National Information Technology Agency, Richard Okyere-Fosu said the patronage of the COVID-19 Tracker App has yielded much. So far 34,219 downloads have been made.
“Currently as of last night [April 16, 2020], we’ve had 34,219 downloads and people are providing us with more information on symptoms of coronavirus which will be passed on to the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to follow up on”
“I want to use this medium to also appeal to Ghanaians that we need this information so we can assist the Ghana Health Service to get you the help that you need.