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Editorial of the Daily Searchlight of Friday, August 19, 2022


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has issued a statement concerning the detention of stranded Ghanaians in Dubai or better still the detention of some Ghanaian nationals in Dubai at the AI Tawadi Medical Centre and the immigration Centre.

According to the statement, there were Four Hundred and Thirty-one (431) Ghanaians, comprising Three Hundred and Forty-one (341) males, Eighty-eight (88) females and Two (2) children below the age of three at the Medical Centre as well as an unspecified number of African migrants.

“In the wake of the above development, officers from our Consulate-General in Dubai visited our stranded compatriots at the detention centre and extended proximity consular assistance to them,” said in the statement.

The statement however said that investigations confirmed that most of our stranded compatriots were misled by unscrupulous agents who promised unavailable jobs in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. The agents were paid significant sums to facilitate the entry of the prospective travelers into the UAE. They only discovered that the jobs they were promised were non-existent. This development of non-availability of job opportunities in Dubai has often placed our compatriots in a precarious condition, making them vulnerable and easy targets for arrest and detention by the law enforcement agencies in the UAE.

In the circumstance, the Ghana Consulate-General is in touch with the host officials on the matter for the protection and the welfare of our compatriots at the detention centres.

It indicated that stranded compatriots went to the UAE on their own volition. This has led government of Ghana to make necessary efforts to collaborate with the UAE authorities to effect the evacuation of the stranded nationals back to Ghana.

“The Ministry wishes to seize this opportunity to caution prospective travelers to the Gulf Region to be mindful of the nefarious activities of unscrupulous agents,” said in the statement.

It stipulated in the statement that, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of National Security have taken urgent action to ruthlessly deal with the activities of ‘unnegotiated’ travel agencies.

The Daily Searchlight wishes to state that all effort should be made to monitor the activities of these recruitment agencies, which have off late taken over the nation’s airwaves.

We believe that the activities of most of these organizations amount to mere scams and should be investigated and if possible, stopped, from engaging in nefarious activities.

We do not think that such activities should be allowed to persist in our jurisdiction.

In the meantime, we believe that government should go all out to create opportunities for job creation in Ghana. It is heartbreaking to hear of so many Ghanaians fleeing the country in search of non-existent jobs.

The fact that these people would pay vast sums of money and travel such distances in search of jobs, is a testimony of their hardy spirit, which should be nurtured for the development of Ghana.

Let us work to tap into such resources for the development of our nation.

(This article was first published in the column EDITORIAL of the Daily Searchlight of Friday, August 19, 2022. The Daily Searchlight appears on the newsstands of Ghana every working day and PDF versions are available for sale online twenty-four hours a day all day throughout the world on www.ghananewsstand.com).

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