The government of Ghana is preparing to receive some 245 Ghanaians to be deported from Kuwait in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.
These Ghanaians who live in Kuwait illegally will arrive in the country tomorrow, Saturday, 23 May 2020 on a chartered flight even though the borders remain closed.
This was disclosed by Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah at a press conference in Accra on Friday, 22 May 2020.
The deportees, according to Mr Nkrumah, will go through mandatory quarantine and testing for COVID-19.
He added that the government has put in place all measures to ensure the health of the general population even as the government prepares to allow the deportees into the country.
Deportees will be under the custody of the state for investigations regarding their illegal stay in Kuwait, Mr Nkrumah noted.
COVID-19: Minority’s “bogus” bring-Ghanaians-home chorus “bankrupt”, “expired” – Hadzide
Almost two weeks ago, the government described as “bankrupt” and “expired”, the repetitive call of the Minority in Parliament and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on the government to fly back home, Ghanaians who are stranded in other countries as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At a press conference on Thursday, 7 May 2020, Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu said: “Many other countries are evacuating their citizens”, indicating: “India has done it, South Africa has done it, the UK has done it”.
“It is our considered view that just as our government is able to open our airports, despite the closures, for foreign nationals to be evacuated, the government should do same by providing a narrow opportunity under strict evacuation protocols of screening, testing and quarantining when necessary, in order to secure the safety of Ghanaians abroad.”
Responding to the Minority at a counter-press conference on Friday, 8 May 2020, Deputy Information Minister Pius Enam Hadzide, said: “The Minority is still unable to offer any pragmatic alternative but merely rehash those same lame queries that Mr Mahama has asked during his political broadcasts on Facebook”, adding: “Several weeks into COVID-19 and after several media engagements, both at the presidential and other levels, it is disappointing that such deep level of unawareness is being exhibited by the Minority”.
He said: “It is disappointing, for instance, that the Minority is unaware, that across the various metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies, public education is ongoing”.
“It is shocking and even embarrassing that the NDC is still latching on to the very bogus proposal that the government should have repatriated Ghanaian students from Wuhan”, he stressed.
Mr Hadzide noted that: “The students themselves have spoken to several media outlets and shown gratitude for the much-wiser decision of the Akufo-Addo government”.
“This week, schools, in fact, have reopened in Wuhan and for the records, not a single Ghanaian student in China, was infected by COVID-19. And yet, instead of conceding that the government exercised far superior judgement as we always have, they keep repeating this bankrupt and expired proposal”.
According to the deputy minister, “Under the able leadership of President Akufo-Addo, monthly stipends for Ghanaian students studying on government scholarships abroad, have been paid upfront and in advance. Yes, the second quarter – April, May and June – have already been paid”.
“This administration inherited an accumulated arrears of one year from the NDC and Mr Mahama. While we decline the invitation of the NDC to engage in a blind partisan banter on COVID-19, it is also imperative that for their education, we restate some of the facts around Ghana’s successful and effective COVID-19 response plan”.
“The claim from the NDC that: ‘Science has been relegated to the background’, and that President Akufo-Addo seems more interested in his re-election than the safety and life of Ghanaians is false and without bases. The NDC cannot be allowed to approbate and reprobate on this matter.”