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Gov’t To Evacuate Stranded Ghanaians In Every Part Of The World – Foreign Affairs Minister Reveals

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Government on Friday June 5 announced to parliament that the evacuation of stranded Ghanaians amidst the Coronavirus pandemic would be extended to other parts of the world.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey was quizzed by Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Ranking Member on the Committee of Foreign Affairs and MP for North Tongu on efforts by government to evacuate stranded Ghanaians in various countries following the closure of the country’s borders to minimise the importation of the Coronavirus.

In response, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey said, “following the return from Kuwait, I am pleased to inform this august house about government’s efforts to extend the evacuation exercise to other parts of the world.”

She added that the exercise would be conducted in phases due to logistical constraints.

Under Phase Two, being done by charter flights, seven persons have been evacuated from Lagos, Nigeria on June 5; 15 were to be evacuated from Mauritania on the 5th June; and on the 6th June, five from Turks and Calcos; 35 from Washington DC; 14 from Burkina Faso; and four from Mauritania on 9th June, 2020.

Phase three would be assisted by KLM Charter flights, and there would be 434 and additional one FSO; 299 from New York on June 24, 2020; and 300 from Washington DC on June 28.

“It should be noted that these arrangements are subject to other requirements in the host countries, which may result in changes in the scheduled dates of arrival,” the Minister noted.

She revealed that negotiations were currently underway between Ghana’s Mission in Beijing and Ethiopian Airlines for the evacuation of some 675 stranded Ghanaians in China and Ghana’s Mission in Abu Dhabi has initiated discussions with the United Arab Emirates authorities for the evacuation of over 500 of Ghanaian nationals stranded in that country.

Similarly, the Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Ministry has arranged with the Scholarships Secretariat and the National Covid-19 Task Force to evacuate by STC buses, 141 Ghanaian students who completed their language proficiency courses in Benin on June 13, 2020.

Further arrangements are also in progress to assist with the evacuation of stranded Ghanaians in other countries as Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Spain, Netherlands, Niger, Norway, Kenya, Ethiopia and Switzerland.

Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey said priority might be given to urgent evacuation requests that required minimal Government intervention, such as pre-arranged charter awaiting flights awaiting landing clearance from government.

Later at a press conference, Mr Ablakwa called for consular assistance for the stranded Ghanaians, particularly in Dubai, as they attracted the attention of the security agencies in affected countries.

He said, “the videos of the ordeals of some of our women are heart-wrenching. Some of them have not changed their clothes or taken a shower for two weeks.”

He appealed to government for a more conclusive data collection for a fair and accurate picture of how many Ghanaians were to be evacuated, and a budget line in the Foreign Affairs Ministry for stranded Ghanaians.

Concerning housing of returnees in hotels, Ablakwa urged government to find other means of accomodation  as hotel costs are too high.

He suggested the use of facilities not being currently used in the universities and Senior High Schools.

Source: GhanaFeed.com

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You Can Run But You Cannot Hide – COP Kofi Boakye Warns Jamestown Bullion Van Robbers

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Head of Legal and Prosecutions at the Ghana Police Service headquarters Nathan Kofi Boakye, a Commissioner of Police (COP), has warned perpetrators of last Monday’s robbery at Adedenkpo near Jamestown that their time will be up “very very very soon”.

“I want to emphasise to the nation that very, very, very soon all those involved in this bullion robbery and especially those who committed it, they will be arrested very soon,” the former Ashanti Regional Police Commander stated.

“They can run and run and run but they cannot hide.”

COP Kofi Boakye gave this assurance on Friday, June 18 when 320 new recruits of the Service passed out in the Ashanti Region at the Regional Police Training School in Kumasi.

He said the Inspector General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh, has put in “innovative” strategies to help combat the menace that currently confronts the nation.

He also called on the new recruits to start nosing around for information that will help in arresting Monday’s criminals.

“It is incumbent on all of us including you – the new recruits – to help us achieve this objective, starting from now and you have a duty of arresting these criminals who killed one of us.

“This is non-negotiable and we cannot compromise on the need to arrest these criminals.”

Monday’s attack on a bullion van left the police officer on escort duty, Lance Corporal Emmanuel Osei, dead and a by-stander, Efia Badu, also hit by a stray bullet.

Source: 3News

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Mahama’s Aide Gives Birth To Triplets

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Joyce Bawa Mogtari, Special aide to former President John Mahama, has reportedly delivered a set of triplets.

The lawyer has been outside public scrutiny for a while now, after the conclusion of the 2020 Election Petition.

Madam Mogtari is married to Hudu Mogtari, a former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).

This set of triplets brings her number of children to 4, having already birthed a son.

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Kufuor And Akufo-Addo Wanted To Jail Me At All Cost – Tsatsu Tsikata

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Mr Tsatsu Tsikata, a former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), has revealed that former president John Agyekum Kufuor and then Attorney General in 2002, Akufo-Addo were determined to put him behind bars at all cost.

In an interview on TV3, Mr Tsikata said the trial judge, Justice Henrietta Abban “had been adjourning because she had said if she didn’t do that there will be a mistrial.

“She did indicate that if she did not wait for the Supreme Court and the Court of appeal there will be a mistrial. In spite of all that she still went ahead to pronounce judgement on that day. You can’t really make head and tail of that in purely legal terms. The lesson I am trying to draw is this, we will want to have confidence in the judicial system. We want to have confidence that when you go to court the decisions will be based on law and the facts.

“But we also have to recognize that unfortunately that does not always happen. There are other factors that influence the course of justice including the factors political pressure being brought to bear on judges to come to a certain decision at all cost.

“In my case there was no question about the fact that the political pressure from right up to the president level, the Attorney General at that time now President Akufo-Addo, President Kufuor. They were determined that I would have to go to jail.

“That determination seemed to be based on the wish to demonstrate that certain things had not been done right under President Rawlings in the past.”

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