Minister of Information, Mr Oppong Nkrumah has informed the country that about 245 Ghanaians will arrive in the country on Saturday, May 23, 2020. He disclosed that the Kuwait government is deporting these persons because they are entered the country and are living there illegally. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, borders of Ghana have been closed to travellers outside the country.
According to Mr Oppong Nkrumah, the government of Ghana has granted a special permit to allow these Ghanaian nationals to come into the country. He, however, made it known that the cost of getting these deportees into the country comes at the expense of the Kuwait government. Over the last few years, several Ghanaians and other African nationalities have been travelling to Kuwait in search of green pastures.
Amid the number of complaints from migrants into Kuwait, many others have found it worthwhile travelling to the country. It, however, appears some Ghanaians enter Kuwait illegally and the government of Kuwait is looking to curb the act, thus the 245 deportees. The Minister of Information has insisted that the deportees will undergo the mandatory 14-days quarantine upon their arrival in the country.
Medical experts will run Covid-19 tests on the deportees, and the necessary treatment extended to those who test positive. He insisted that those who however test negative to the virus will still be in quarantine amid the second round of test. Cost of the test and mandatory quarantine will be at the expense of the Ghanaian government, the Information minister, noted.
The deportees will also face the immigration laws of the country. Circumstances leading to their illegal stay in Kuwait will be investigated appropriately, says Mr Oppong Nkrumah. He further noted that the findings of the investigation will direct the government on how to handle each of the deportees and also determine their statuses per the charges labelled against them by the Kuwait government. All these was made known at a press conference held today, the 22nd of May 2020.