Following the outbreak of the worldwide novel Coronavirus pandemic, many countries have been strongly affected leading to closure of boarders.
In Ghana, there have been numerous suggestions made by Ghanaians, civil society organizations, think tanks including the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to evacuate Ghanaian national leaving abroad to Ghana.
The proposals, according to some individuals including members of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) have been described as needless and may be dangerous, since it may escalate the Coronavirua pandemic on the basis of World Health Organization (WHO) protocols.
Meanwhile, other countries like Italy, USA and others have earlier evacuated their nationals from China at the beginning of the outbreak.
You will also recall that, the government of Kuwait has deported two hundred and five (245) Ghanaians on 23rd May, 2020 who are illegally living in Kuwait back to the Republic of Ghana despite the President’s directive to close all boarders.
In the latest development, the Ranking Member on Foreign Affairs who is currently the Member of Parliament for North Tongu Tongu Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has disclosed a list of Ghanaians who are stranded abroad and wish to return home. The list he revealed includes eight (8) countries.
According to the list, about two thousand, four hundred and twenty-three (2,423) Ghanaians were shortlisted to be in urgent need for assistance.
Mr. Ablakwa also said, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently collecting data on stranded Ghanaians in Nigeria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Spain, Netherlands, Niger, Norway, Kenya, Ethiopia and Switzerland.
Read below, his post disclosing the information.
The number of stranded Ghanaians seeking to return home and having made contact with our diplomatic missions abroad per data made available to Parliament by Ghana’s Foreign Minister:
Benin: 141 (language students)
Burkina Faso: 14
Turks and Caicos: 5
This comes up to 2,423 Ghanaians in urgent need of assistance.
Meanwhile, the Foreign Minister indicates that data gathering and arrangements continue for stranded Ghanaians in Nigeria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Spain, Netherlands, Niger, Norway, Kenya, Ethiopia and Switzerland.
Quite obviously, a significant number of our compatriots out there are in dire need of our support and solidarity. Some of the emails and video footage are really heartbreaking.
Let’s remember them and their dependants in our prayers. Their lives also matter.