Ghana’s Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Charles Owiredu, says that the government has not made a concrete decision on opening its borders to receive citizens who are stranded abroad.
He said this during Tuesday’s [May 26, 2020] Minister’s Press Briefing in Accra.
Charles Owiredu says that considering the number of Ghanaians abroad who will want to come home, it will be difficult for the government to facilitate their return at once.
In light of that, those stuck abroad have been grouped into three categories; the returnees from Kuwait, Ghanaians who traveled abroad for government business, and Ghanaians abroad for personal business.
The Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister explained that the only decision that has been taken on citizens abroad is the reception of some 245 Ghanaians from Kuwait.
“They’ve been grouped into cohorts. The first group is the Kuwaitis, these are the Ghanaians living in Kuwait. The second group are Ghanaians who traveled on behalf of government, and the third group is made up of people who went on their own and find themselves in such situation because we’ve closed the border. So the first group are the ones that a decision was taken on by the government to allow them to come in.
There have been calls from various quarters asking the government to open borders to allow citizens stuck abroad to return home.
Since March when the Ghana begun recording cases of the virus, the country’s borders have been closed as part of measures to curb the spread of the virus.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor | universnewsroom.com