Government calls US visa threat a bluff
Minister of Information, Dr. Mustapha Abdul Hamid has served notice Ghana would not be threatened into abandoning due process in the course of the deportation of some 7000 Ghanaians.
In an interview with Gold News, he said the Ghanaian government must be certain that the deportees are truly Ghanaians before accepting them into the country.
The Minister was responding to claims by the US Embassy that the Ghana Missions in the US are not complying with international obligations regarding the issuance of travel documents to Ghanaians awaiting deportation in the USA.
The Embassy further threatened to impose VISA restrictions on Ghana if it fails to quicken the pace of the process.
Responding to the US Embassy, Dr. Mustapha Hamid said government is acting cautiously in order to avoid past instances where non-Ghanaians have been deported into the country and Ghanaians to other countries.
“We are going to go through our own procedure to be sure that these are indeed Ghanaians and it is Ghana that they ought to be deported to. There’ve been situations in the past that people have been bundled and come and left in Ghana when in actual fact they are not Ghanaians.”
“There has also been situations were Ghanaians have been bundled and thrown in Nigeria and so on and so forth,” he explained.
The Information Minister also indicated that government would not be cowed by threats and that it would do what is in the interest of its citizens.
“They can do what they ought to do. We too will continue to do what we ought to do to ascertain that our citizens are our citizens,” he stated.
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