A private legal practitioner says directives on the compulsory wearing of face masks in Accra and Kumasi can only be effective if they have the “full force of the law behind [them].”
Samson Lardy Anyenini said merely making a directive is “not enough” to elicit compliance from residents if it is not elevated to the status of a law.
Presenting his take on news analysis programme NEWSFILE Saturday, the legal practitioner said the best approach is for the local assemblies to pass bye-laws making the wearing of face masks compulsory.
Mr Lardy Anyenini was reacting to the police enforcement of the order made by the Greater Accra Regional Security Council (REGSEC) in Accra and a similar one in Kumasi.
Residents of Accra and Kumasi have been directed to wear face masks before they set off from their various homes.
There were reports that some people were turned away from accessing some facilities particularly in Accra because they were not wearing face masks.
But Mr Lardy Anyenini said the police can only enforce the law and not an advice or “common sense.”
Before passing a bye-law on the matter, the private legal practitioner said the government must intensify public education on face masks wearing.
“First the education ought to be increased and the masks supplied by the state,” Mr Lardy Anyenini said, adding people may be ignorant of the importance of face masks.
“People may not apply common sense…they may be ignorant [and] the state has a sacred duty [to protect lives],” he said.