Government yet to establish actual number of Ghanaians stranded in Libya

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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, says government is yet to establish the actual number of Ghanaians stranded in Libya.

She said the State is marshaling all available resources through Ghana’s Missions in Valletta, Malta, Tripoli and Niamey, to assist those stranded.

Speaking on the floor of Parliament, Madam Botchwey said the Ministry is aware that there are some stranded Ghanaians in Libya who have contacted the Consulate in Tripoli for assistance.

She added that the figure put out by the International Organization for Migration office in Accra is inconsistent with that provided by the organization’s office in Tripoli and Valletta.

Madam Ayorkor Botchwey, said with the highly volatile situation in Libya, it is difficult to obtain information on the actual number of Ghanaian nationals in that country.

She said the government will consider evacuating the reported 62,000 stranded Ghanaians in Libya.

Since June 2017, a total of 706 Ghanaians in Libya have been assisted to return home voluntarily.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry and International Organization for Migration have also jointly repatriated about 200 Ghanaians since April 2018.

The Ministry has subsequently opened consulates in Tripoli and Niamey to aid Ghanaians who require such service.

SOURCE: GNA

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