The Minister of Foreign Affairs Shirley Ayorkor-Botchwey has asked Ghanaians in Ukraine has admonished Ghanaians to take advantage of the evacuation exercise and return to Ghana. the opportunity to leave the distressed European nation.
They have been reports that some Ghanaians have turned down evacuation options from the government
But the the Minister in a meeting with relatives of Ghanaian nationals in Ukraine, asked relatives of Ghanaians in and around Ukraine “to encourage them to take advantage of this evacuation exercise to return to Ghana.”
The Minister had already disclosed that about 527 Ghanaians had crossed the Ukrainian border to various European countries.
They are currently using countries such as Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.
“My Ministry, therefore, collaborated with the Ghana Diplomatic Missions in Bern in Switzerland, Prague in the 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 being conveyed from Ukraine by road to the closest borders of the European Countries mentioned earlier,” she explained.
“We are all gratified to learn that over 500 of our citizens have made it safely across various European borders to safety. We share in your anxieties and pray for the safe return of all our compatriots to Ghana.”
It is believed that there some 1,200 Ghanaians in Ukraine with 945 of them being students registered with the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), Ukraine.
So far, 49 Ghanaians, including one child, have moved to the Czech Republic, 25 Ghanaians are in Slovakia, 134 Ghanaians in Romania, 81 in Poland, and 221 in Hungary.
“The Government of Ghana is ready to evacuate all the five hundred and twenty-seven (527) of our citizens in a coordinated manner,” the Minister added.