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Kuwait Deportation: We could have avoided this embarassment – Ablakwa

After 245 compatriots have been deported to Ghana for illegally entering Kuwait Saturday, Ranking Member on Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has said the Akufo-Addo led government should have opened the country’s borders to allow stranded Ghanaians in other parts of the world come home to avoid this ‘embarrassment’.

In a statement sighted by GhanaWeb, the MP said: “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.”

He furthered that government’s policy to evacuate Ghanaians abroad has been the most insensitive and uncoordinated one.

The North Tongu MP stated that “It is unacceptable and embarrassing that while many countries have carried out multiple rounds of evacuation from Ghana and elsewhere, our Government is still pussyfooting with claims that they are collecting data and engaged in internal discussions after all these weeks. No one must be told that the matter in issue requires a high sense of urgency and prioritization”.

However, Ghana’s borders remain closed till further notice, Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah reiterated at a press briefing in Accra Friday.