• Sat. Aug 13th, 2022

Take advantage of the evacuation exercise — Foreign Minister to Ghanaians in Ukraine

In the wake of allegations that some Ghanaians in Ukraine are rejecting government evacuation offers, the Foreign Affairs Minister has advised them not to lose out on the chance to flee the troubled European country.

Shirley Ayorkor-Botchwey asked families of Ghanaians in Ukraine to “push them to take advantage of this evacuation effort to return to Ghana” during a meeting with relatives of Ghanaians in Ukraine.

Ghana has been primarily worried about the suffering of students who were in Ukraine at the time of Russia’s invasion.

According to the Minister, around 527 Ghanaians have crossed the Ukrainian border into several European countries.

Following the closing of Ukraine’s airspace, Ghanaians were left with Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic as alternatives.

“As a result, my Ministry collaborated with the Ghana Diplomatic Missions in Bern, Switzerland, Prague, Czech Republic, Ankara, Turkey, and the Vatican, Holy See, Ghana’s Honorary Consuls in Ukraine, Hungary, Romania, Ghanaian communities and students’ unions in Poland, Hungary, and Romania, as well as religious groups, to facilitate the evacuation of our nationals after they were transported by road from Ukraine to the closest borders of the European Countries mentioned ea

“We are very relieved to learn that more than 500 of our citizens have safely crossed multiple European borders to safety.” We share your concerns and hope for the safe return to Ghana of all our compatriots.”

According to the authorities, there were approximately 1,200 Ghanaians in Ukraine, 945 of whom were students enrolled with the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) in Ukraine.

According to the Minister, 49 Ghanaians, including one child, have relocated to the Czech Republic, 25 Ghanaians have relocated to Slovakia, 134 Ghanaians have relocated to Romania, 81 Ghanaians have relocated to Poland, and 221 Ghanaians have relocated to Hungary.

“The Ghanaian government is prepared to evacuate all 527 of our residents in an organized manner,” the Minister stated.

On Tuesday morning, seventeen Ghanaians were evacuated from Ukraine and arrived at Kotoka International Airport.

“Two more Romanian batches, in distinct groupings of 70 and 64, are anticipated to arrive later this week,” she continued.

“I’d like to underline that the government has put in place the appropriate package to reduce any strain on our compatriots in terms of transportation, lodging, food, medical support, and so on.”

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