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Some of the stranded Ghanaians waiting for their Accra-bound flight at the Dusseldorf airport. In addition to evacuating stranded Europe-based Ghanaians from Ghana, the group also brought stranded Ghanaians in Germany back home/Photo: Charles Ankamah

Ghana’s president praised for aiding evacuation of stranded Europe-based Ghanaians

A Germany-based Ghanaian association has expressed its gratitude to the government of President Nana Akufo-Addo for the successful evacuation of Europe-based Ghanaians who were stranded in Ghana.

Over 1705 persons, according to a statement issued by Ghanaian Community in Diaspora, have arrived safely in their respective countries in Europe whiles 85 stranded Ghanaians in Germany were also flown back to Accra.

In the statement,  signed by Benjamin Okrah, the group thanked President Akufo-Addo for the measures that government has put in place to contain the spread of Covid-19 in Ghana.

“We also wish to commend the President for demonstrating a high sense of compassion, good leadership and courage during this very difficult period of Covid-19 pandemic,” the statement said.

The Ghanaian Community in Diaspora also thanked Ghana’s Ambassador to Germany, Gina Blay, for the instrumental role she played in making the evacuation flights successful.

“Furthermore, we wish to acknowledge the contribution of all other stakeholders for playing an instrumental role in the evacuation process, which include the Ministry of Aviation, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, the German and Italian Embassies in Accra, the British High Commission and the Diaspora Unit at the Presidency.” the group added.

The Ghanaian Community in Diaspora appealed to the government of Ghana to assist the remaining 1,500 Diaspora-based Ghanaians who are still stranded in Ghana to return to their countries of residence in Europe.

“It is worthy to mention that per our current collation of data, there remains over 1,500 stranded Europe-based Ghanaians stranded in Ghana and we count on the continuous cooperation and assistance of the government to commence the second phase of evacuation possibly in the last week of August 2020,” the statement added.

Austin Ohaegbu

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