‘Gov’t will defend Ghanaians’

Deputy Information Minister, Pius Hadzide, says government is ready to pay the price of the visa sanctions slapped on Ghana by the United States of America, over claims it is not cooperating on the deportation of some Ghanaians from the US.

“The attitude of this government is that if we have to pay a certain price as servants of the state to ensure that Ghanaians everywhere in the world are accorded the respect needed [we will],” he said on Citi FM.

So far, the US government has directed it’s consulate in Ghana to apply visa sanctions to certain group of Ghanaians.

The sanctions are targeted at government personnel and workers tied to Parliament.

The sanctions will begin with the cessation of the issuance of non-immigrant visas to domestic employees of Ghanaian diplomats posted in the US.

There will also be limits on the validity period and number of entries on new tourists and business visas for all Ghanaian executive and legislative branch employees to one-month, single-entry visas.

But Mr. Hadzide insisted that the government will not be cowed by the sanctions from the US.

“We have a case and we are going to advocate that case and we are not going to be intimidated because we may be a small country. We may be a small country, but we are a small country of determined people who know our way about and who know what our rights are”, he said.

Mr. Hadzide also stressed that, “it is important that the American authorities sit at the table with Ghanaian counterparts for us to resolve this matter.”

Also on the show, a lawyer with the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Nii Kpakpo Samoah Addo said it was important that Ghana stood its ground.

“We need to also assert the fact that our citizens deserve proper consular treatment when they are in other countries.”

“That must not deny those they have detained the right to have their days in court to be processed properly and for the government of Ghana to be satisfied that she/he have been given every opportunity,” Mr. Addo added.



Story: Today Correspondent


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