Ranking Member of Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has commended the Akufo-Addo led government of its decision to evacuate stranded Ghanaians abroad despite the closure of borders.
Ever since the government closed its borders on March 21, 2020, to prevent further importation of the novel coronavirus into the country, some Ghanaians stuck abroad have on several occasions appealed to the government to open the borders for them to return home.
Since then, the North Tongu MP has been at the forefront of advocacy for the evacuation of the Ghanaian nationals who are willing to come back home.
This wish has been granted by the President who in his tenth televised address on Sunday, May 31, 2020, said stranded Ghanaians outside of the country will be allowed back home.
“Our border, by air, land, and sea, remains closed until further notice for human traffic. However, given that there are Ghanaian residents stranded abroad, a special dispensation is going to be given for their evacuation back to Ghana,” the President said.
Taking to his social media handle in reaction to the President’s announcement, Mr. Ablakwa said “I am glad President Akufo-Addo has finally given the green light for the evacuation of stranded Ghanaians as I have long advocated.”
He added that “Government must always be responsive to the plight of citizens. Better late than never.”
However, the government says the evacuees will be put under mandatory quarantine as part of safety measures to contain the spread of the virus.