Ghana to evacuate stranded citizens abroad but borders remain closed


President Akufo-Addo has yielded to pressure to evacuate Ghanaians stranded abroad since closure of the country’s borders on March 21.

In his tenth address to the nation since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Akufo-Addo said “special dispensation is going to be given for their evacuation back to Ghana.”

“They will be subjected to the mandatory quarantine and safety protocols

[on their arrival in the country,]

he said the Sunday evening address.

However, the country’s air, land and sea borders remain closed to general human traffic until further notice, the president noted.

This is to prevent the importation of the coronavirus into the country.

The news should come as a relief to the likes of Rapper, Sarkodie, who is stuck in the US and has been pushing for a window to be given to citizens to return home.

“Can we open the borders for at least a day or two in-between times for citizens stuck outside to get back pls” Sarkodie wrote on Twitter more than a month ago.

Since then, Ranking Member on Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee Sam Okudzeto Ablakwa has launched a crusade for Ghanaians abroad to be evacuated.

The MP previously called on the government to evacuate Ghanaians in Wuhan, China when the virus was first discovered.

Source: myjoyonline by Oswald Azumah