The Ghana Maritime Authority provided free hot meals for some 300 kayayei (female head porters) at Tudu in Accra. Beneficiaries were also provided with hand sanitizers and wipes. Director General of Ghana Maritime Authority Mr. Thomas Alonsi led the outreach by personally joining the team to distribute food to beneficiaries. The emergency food assistance was part of the Authority’s contribution in support of the government’s efforts at providing decent meals for the socially vulnerable groups who are worst impacted by the COVID-19 lockdown in Accra and other parts of Ghana. the vulnerable with decent meals.

Beneficiaries were largely migrant females from Yagaba, Kubore, Loagri, and other villages in Ghana’s North East Region. Mr. Alonsi said Ghana Maritime Authority’s social outreach targeted Kayayei because they constituted the most illustrative example of socially vulnerable groups most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms. Jamila Wahabu, a leader of the Kayayei group from from Loagri expressed the beneficiaries’ expressed gratitude to Mr. Alonsi and the Ghana Maritime Authority. Ms. Wahabu said the women were desperate because they could no longer go out to eke a leaving in the informal transportation sector of the city. Ms. Wahabu explained that the paltry savings of group members had already run out, leaving several of them at the risk of starvation and dependent on the benevolence of generous people and government food rations.