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[Coronavirus] Bring our students home – Minority issues 3-day ultimatum to gov’t

The Minority in Parliament has issued a 3-day ultimatum to the Government to evacuate Ghanaians caught up in China due to the Coronavirus scourge.

According to the side, Government needs to make a decision and indeed get Ghanaians caught up in the Chinese lockdown, especially the students and bring them home.

The Minority warned that between Tuesday and latest by Friday the Akufo-Addo government should institute plans for the evacuation of these students.

Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, who spoke to the media in Parliament, stated the government owes it to these Ghanaian students that duty of care to bring them to be with their families.

The Akufo-Addo administration, he said, should not act recklessly, irresponsible, callous and insensitive to the situation that the students have found themselves in.

“We are announcing today a 3-day ultimatum to the Akufo-Addo government to take action. If this 3-day ultimatum is not adhered to we will take action.”

“We are scaling up the pressure to demand that this government that has remained adamant and refusing to act must now act.”

The Ranking member warned that the Minority is very serious about this ultimatum because the report they are getting from China is that the situation is getting out of hand and is worsening by the day.

According to him, the World Health Organization (WHO) itself has launched an appeal for funds asking for US$675 million to be able to understand what is going on to be able to bring it under control, which it has not yet secured.

“It is also saying that the vaccines that they will need to manage the situation are not yet ready and would not be ready for months; not less than three months.”

“Are we saying that we are going to sit as the WHO is struggling to find a handle and to contain the situation,” he queried?

Mr. Ablakwa stressed that there is general panic and countries are acting in the best interest of their nationals and questioned why the Ghana government is refusing to act in the best interest of its nationals in the Wuhan Provence of China.

He noted that the situation is a humanitarian crisis and that lives are at stake and therefore the Minority will take action.

He stressed that the 1992 Constitution provides several options for the Minority and therefore if the government fails to act by elapse of the 3-day ultimatum, they will explore their constitutional options and options under the Standing Orders as members of Parliament to compel the government to take action.

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