President Nana Akufo-Addo has said his government, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, is providing critical help to Ghanaians rather than freebies.

The flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress, Mr John Mahama, recently took issue with the government for throwing a lot of free things at the populace.

“If you say everybody should stay at home and we will give you everything free, free; free this, free that, all the countries that have developed, they didn’t develop like that,” former President Mahama said.

However, in his 15th COVID-19 address to the nation on Sunday, 16 August 2020, the President said: “I know that the pandemic has adversely affected many lives and livelihoods”.

“It is for this reason that the government has implemented several measures such as free water and electricity, and funding to support small businesses, and tax reliefs, amongst others, to cushion the effect of the pandemic.

“We are not providing freebies, we are providing critical help to households, families and businesses, in the midst of this pandemic, because we care”, he noted.

“It is my conviction that in times of crises, it is the duty of a responsible and sensitive government to protect the population, and provide relief,” the President stressed.