Gov’t must Come Clean on Refugee Status of GITMO 2-Hon. Ablakwa
Reacting to the Minister’s statement on government’s stance on the matter of GITMO 2 on the floor of the house, the Member of Parliament for North Tongu and Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has urged the government to come clean by declaring the refugee status of the GITMO 2 in the country, rather than leaving Ghanaians in the dark.
According to him, refugee status is for a period of time and not forever, and the House for that matter needs to know how long the refugee status is, and when it ends.
This stems from the fact that according to him, he is aware that the House in August 2017 ratified the agreement per the Supreme Court ruling on the 22nd of June, 2017 which case the Supreme Court ruled that the agreement needed Parliamentary ratification.
The North Tongu legislature wanted to know pursuant to that, whether there was no contact with the US counterpart on that issue, and also whether there is lack of inter-ministerial cooperation amongst the Ministry of Interior and that of Foreign Affairs, for which the Minister would be left in the dark on the refugee status of the two.
He also commended the Minister for appearing before the House and sought clarifications from the Minister on her statement “lack of an exit strategy”.
The Member of Parliament for the Okaikwei Central Constituency, Hon Patrick Yaw Boamah in his contribution, also bemoaned the lack of due diligence on the part of the former government in handling the GITMO 2 issue, adding that the then President fell short of protecting the territorial integrity of the country.
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