- Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa says Ghanaians are being treated badly abroad
- The former minister has revealed how most Ghanaians suffer across the embassies
There is no doubt in our minds that the process of obtaining a visa to travel abroad is severely tedious.
This experience has compelled the ranking member of the committee on foreign affairs, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, to write to parliament and advocate for measures to redeem the dignity of Ghanaians applying for visas across the various embassies.
Ablakwa, in an extensive presentation on the floor of parliament, revealed how Ghanaians queue in the sun when applying for visas at the embassies..
According to him, the “shabby and dehumanising treatment many Ghanaian visa applicants are subjected to” are just not acceptable.
The former minister said most embassies also continue to extort monies from desperate Ghanaian applicants who just want to do anything for a visa.
“You find fellow Ghanaians standing in open places; some left to wait at street shoulders and roundabouts with nobody caring about the associated risk,” he said.
Ablakwa's comments echo various concerns by Ghanaians over the ill-treatment by foreign embassies in the country.
The foreign affairs minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, has already issued a fierce warning to all embassies over the terrible treatment of Ghanaians in their countries.
The main countries that continue to be on the blacklist of Ghana when it comes to treatment of migrants are the Gulf States and Asian nations.
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