Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has revealed that at least 220 Ghanaians residing in Ukraine are anticipated to come home as a result of the government’s evacuation operations during the country’s upheaval.
24 of the stranded citizens, she claims, are already at the Romanian airport, waiting to join a Qatar Airways flight to Accra.
The Minister said in a press conference on Sunday that the government is dedicated to aiding all individuals who want to return home.
“I am delighted to inform you that a large number of our compatriots, over 220, have left Ukraine and should be with us in Ghana shortly, and we are working hard to ensure their safe return.”
“Our officer on the ground in Bucharest, Romania, is procuring tickets for them to travel tomorrow [Monday] en route to Accra.”
She stated that Ghanaians being evacuated from Ukraine are traveling by bus to Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic and that Ghana’s diplomatic officers, honorary consuls, and student leaders are assisting them with their entry, stay, and return to Ghana.
“As of lunchtime today [Sunday], around 460 students have left Ukraine en route to Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic, according to information gathered.” Our diplomatic missions, honorary consuls, and leaders from the student union and organizations will greet the students.”
The government, according to the Minister, is only aiding those who want to return home.
Meanwhile, the Minister says the meeting with relatives of Ghanaians stuck in Ukraine is to ease their anxieties and reassure them that the government is committed to ensuring their safety despite the chaos.
The summit will take place at the Accra International Conference Center on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.