Gov’t to engage US Embassy over Ex-Prez, MPs privileges withdrawal

Lorlornyofm
By Lorlornyofm June 23, 2017 21:36

Gov’t to engage US Embassy over Ex-Prez, MPs privileges withdrawal

Government says it will do all it can to reverse a decision by the United States Embassy, to withdraw some privileges extended to former Presidents in the country.

Deputy Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the Foreign Affairs Ministry is yet to engage the Embassy for further details since the Ambassador did not make the pronouncement during a meeting with the Ministry but rather, at a meeting with Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.

“Even in getting the further details, the Ministry is minded that courtesies extended to former presidents are restored,” he told Kojo Yankson, host of the Super Morning Show on Joy FM, Friday, June 23, 2017.

Deputy Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah

The United States Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson, told Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday that henceforth, former Presidents and Members of Parliament (MP) are expected to join the queue like any other ordinary Ghanaian, when applying for US visas for their private visits.

The Committee had summoned Mr Jackson to respond to some queries surrounding the recent deportation of some Ghanaians under inhumane circumstances as well as the poor reception given to visa applicants at the Embassy in Accra.

He was emphatic that apart from the official travels for ex-Presidents and MPs, which go through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in all other applications the applicants must personally present them.

The Ambassador said the official applications are processed within 48 hours but “travelling on business or tourism which is not related to government business, you need to make a personal appearance; even former Presidents have to come themselves.”

This announcement has met a lot of public backlash with most Ghanaians saying it smacks of disrespect since former U.S. Presidents and Congressmen will expect courtesies extended to them when travelling to Ghana.

But Mr Oppong Nkrumah has called for calm assuring that, government will get to the bottom of the issue.

He said depending on how the Embassy responds when it is engaged, there are options that the country will be forced to look at.

Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu 

Contributing to the discussion, the Minority Leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu said is intriguing that the US government is taking such a decision as a check on the abuse of protocol privileges which has continued over the years up till now.

“I believe government through its Foreign Ministry will be addressing this with the US government at the level of a discussion. Whatever the outcome, I believe that government needs to appeal against the decision,” he said.

“Again, it depends on the strength of Ghana in terms of reciprocal gestures. What happens to former American heads of states and congressmen visiting Ghana? Do they want to be treated with respect and privileges? Then the same respect, courtesies and privileges should be extended to Ghanaians,” he added.

Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com

Lorlornyofm
By Lorlornyofm June 23, 2017 21:36
Write a comment

No Comments

No Comments Yet!

Let me tell You a sad story ! There are no comments yet, but You can be first one to comment this article.

Write a comment
View comments

Write a comment

Your e-mail address will not be published.
Required fields are marked*

*

Recent Comments

  • Oxygen

    Oxygen

    Yeah I think it is time the government officials start accounting for their deeds. They cannot just come into power…

    View Article
  • Sammy the VIRUS

    Sammy the VIRUS

    In my estimation,I believe the average man in his quest to satisfy his libido will stop at nothing to have…

    View Article
  • Sammy the VIRUS

    Sammy the VIRUS

    There is this maxim within our local circles that says a man who works at Barkleys bank does not collect…

    View Article