Number of Ghanaians stranded in Libya not yet known

By Benjamin
Mensah, GNA

Accra, July 11, GNA – Minister of Foreign
Affairs and Regional Minister Shirley Ayokor Botchwey has told Parliament that
the government is yet to establish the actual number of Ghanaians stranded in

They were, however, doing everything through
Ghana’s Missions in Valletta, Malta, Tripoli and Niamey – marshalling all
available resources, to assist those stranded.

“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 was inconsistent with
that provided by the IOM in Tripoli, to “both our Consulate in Tripoli and
Mission in Valletta”.

“This, coupled with the highly volatile
situation in Libya has made it very difficult to obtain information on the
actual number of Ghanaian nationals in that country.

Libya, today, has vast areas of its territory
in the hands of rival militia groups operating outside the control of the
internationally recognised interim government of national accord.”

The Minister was answering a question on the
Libyan situation on the floor of Parliament.

She said the government would consider
evacuating the reported 62,422 stranded Ghanaians in Libya if it was able to
ascertain the correct figure as provided by the Accra Office of the IOM.

Dr Clement Apaak, Member of Parliament (MP)
for Builsa South, had sought to find out if her Ministry was aware of reports
by IOM that 62,422 Ghanaians were stranded in Libya.

Ms Botchwey said the conflicting figures
provided by the Offices of the IOM in Accra and that of Tripoli, was making it
difficult for the government to make informed decision on the way forward

Since June 2017, a total of 706 Ghanaians (661
men, 45 women) in Libya have been assisted to return home voluntarily with the
majority of the returnees, 70 percent, being returned from various detention
centres in Libya.

The Minister, however, said the Ministry and
IOM had jointly repatriated about 200 Ghanaians to Ghana since April 2018.

The Ministry had also opened a consulate in
Tripoli and another in Niamey to aid Ghanaians who required such service.


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