- The EU has asked the Ghana Immigration Service to stop begging for aid and learn from Akufo-Addo's call to build a Ghana beyond aide
- The move followed immigration's request for additional aid from the EU, moments after the union had given the service GHc2.3 million worth of vehicles and equipment
- In March, Akufo-Addo called for a Ghana that does not depend on aid, but rather manages its resources effectively to engender economic growth
Officials of the Ghana Immigration Service had the shock of their lives on when the European Union (EU) told them to get to work and stop begging for funds.
At a programme in Accra, the EU donated GHc2.3 million worth of vehicles and IT equipment to the service to help it maintain border security.
But instead of expressing gratitude to the EU and putting the equipment to good use, Kwame Asuah Takyi, the comptroller general of Immigration, pleaded with the EU for more assistance, according to a report by citifmonline.com.
He said while the immigration service was grateful for the support, it, like Oliver Twist, would be happy to receive further support.
The comptroller general's plea angered William Hanna, the EU ambassador to Ghana, who blasted the service for begging.
According to the citi report, Hanna referenced Akufo-Addo's call for Ghana to abandon the policy of begging and get things done itself and asked immigration to learn from it.
“I am thinking that in a country, where the President is talking about moving beyond aid, we should maybe move away from the Oliver twist references and reference Great Expectations, another book by Dickens,” the ambassador stated in a stunning rebuke of the service.
In March, Akufo-Addo stated that he wanted to build a Ghana that would not rely on aid.
He said the key to building such a country was to properly manage Ghana's resources to trigger economic growth and create jobs.
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