The Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Hon. Frank Annoh-Dompreh in a press conference held at the Parliamentary Press CORPS on Friday, 22nd May, 2020, has expressed worry following Kuwait’s decision to deport undocumented Ghanaian immigrants.
According to him, the fact that Kuwait government is willing to cater for the expenditure of the deportation, the decision is uncalled for and inconsiderable in the means of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
“I met the press earlier today over Kuwait’s decision to deport undocumented Ghanaian immigrants. Even though the Kuwaiti government is bearing the cost involved in the deportation, the decision is inconsiderate given the current circumstances of the pandemic.” He explained.
The Member of Parliament for the Nsawam Adoagyiri Constituency has categorically indicated that, the Kuwait government’s decision is unacceptable but that notwithstanding, government of Ghana will be ready to receive its nationals safely into the country by providing adequate and effective protocols for them to undergo the quarantine in order to safeguard them.
“Nevertheless, government is ready to receive our citizens & provide the needed facilities for quarantine & to ensure their welfare.” He announced.
The Nsawam Adoagyiri legislator has also urged Ghanaians leaving in abroad to respond to government of Ghana’s call to register citizens who want to come home so adequate preparations can be made for their safe return.
Deportation of Ghanaian nationals.
You will recall that, the government of Kuwait has announced to deport two hundred and five (245) Ghanaians who are illegally living in Kuwait back to the Republic of Ghana despite the President’s directive to close all boarders.
According to report published by Kuwait government, the deportees would arrive in Ghana on Saturday, 23rd May, 2020 via a special chattered flight at unannounced cost payable by the Kuwaiti government.
The Information Minister Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has announced during a press briefing on Friday, 22nd May, 2020 that, though president Akufo-Addo has extended the closure of boarders to 31st May, 2020, government has granted special permit to receive her nationals from Kuwait.
Addressing the media, Mr. Oppong Nkrumah said all the deportees will be compulsorily quarantined and tested for the novel coronavirus upon arrival into the country.
In addition, he noted that, any deportee who tests positive would be given the necessary supportive treatment while those who will test negative will remain in quarantine for a second test at the end of a 14-day quarantine period and shall remain in the custody of the state in line with the immigration laws of Ghana on deportees.