Kuwait Set to Deport 245 Ghanaians
The Kuwaiti Government has contacted the Ghanaian government that it will deport 245 of its citizens on Saturday, May 23, 2020.
Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah announced this at an emergency presser on Friday, May 22, 2020. According to him, the government of Ghana has put down plans to receive these Ghanaians, who have been deported from Kuwait for residing without the required legal documents.
The Minister who also doubles as the Member of Parliament for Ofoase-Ayirebi, indicated that, “A specific decision has been made and I’m under instruction to announce that to you. The government of Kuwait has informed the government of Ghana of an intention to deport some 245 Ghanaians who are currently in Kuwait illegally…”
The deportees will arrive via a special chattered flight at the cost of the Kuwaiti government.
As Ghana’s borders remain closed to prevent importation of the novel coronavirus, “the government of Ghana has…granted a special permit for the admission of the said deportees to Ghana.”
According to him, even though this decision contravenes measures taken by government to restrict movement of persons across the borders, it is a diplomatic decision taken by the Western Asian country, because of their efforts to strengthen their fight against the growing numbers of the Novel Coronavirus.
As a result of the current global situation, Mr Oppong Nkrumah said the deportees upon their arrival will undergo mandatory quarantine and will be subsequently tested for a possible sign of the coronavirus.
The Information Minister also announced that government will bear all the cost concerning the treatment of the deportee. He added that, the state will ensure the deportees are taken through all the laid down rules regarding the containment of the virus. He made it known that, government will use the military and police to enforce these laid down rules.
He also assured that all safety measures would be adhered to in the handling of the deportees.
With regards to their status on arrival, Mr Oppong Nkrumah emphasized that the 245 persons will maintain their ‘deportee statuses, therefore all laws concerning people of the said status will be applied accordingly.
In the same vein, the Information Minister made an immediate comment to caution that deportation does not mean government has started full evacuation of Ghanaians abroad who are requesting to be brought home.
Preliminary investigations would then commence into the circumstances of their illegal stay in Kuwait, the Minister said.
He made it clear that, “it is after this investigation that a case by case determination would be made on the status and further handling of each deportee…”
Meanwhile, he pointed out that, details regarding gender splits and other necessary data about the deportees will be made available at the appropriate time.
The government, as part of stringent measures to curb the spread of the virus, closed the country’s borders – making it impossible for nationals who had travelled to return. The country’s air, land and sea borders were closed to prevent the importation of the novel coronavirus.
President Akufo-Addo is expected to address the nation on Sunday, 24th May 2020 to brief citizens as to next action government intends to take.