Ranking Member of Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa says the government should not have waited for an act of deportation by Kuwait for it to allow Ghanaian citizens into the country.
At the Ministry of Information’s routine press briefings on Friday, May 22, 2020, Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, revealed that some 245 Ghanaians who are in Kuwait illegally will be repatriated back home today.
It is against this background that the Member of Parliament for North Tongu is insisting government could have done better for Ghanaians stranded abroad during this period of COVID-19 amid the closure of borders and other restrictions.
Mr. Ablakwa in a social media post questioned why the government continued to open the Kotoka International Airport for other nationals to be evacuated out of the country but chose to neglect its citizens.
“As we welcome 245 of our compatriots back home from Kuwait later today; the point must be made that it shouldn’t have taken an act of deportation by the Kuwaiti Government at the expense of the Kuwaiti taxpayer to compel our Government to grant access to the Kotoka International Airport to our fellow Ghanaians.”
“Never mind that the Akufo-Addo administration despite its border closures has continued to open the airport for other nationals to be evacuated out of Ghana by their governments,” Mr. Ablakwa said.
“As Ranking Member on the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, I saw the video appeals they put together insisting they had funds to purchase their own tickets if only government shall agree to grant them access to our airport. Certainly, that prospect compared with deportation would have been more dignifying and they would have been proud of the country they have always called home,” he added.
Meanwhile, reports indicate that the deported persons arrived a short while ago and are undergoing arrival processes at the Kotoka International Airport.