- 2013 Report on Persons with Intellectual Disabilit...
- President directs contractor to speed up Bogoso ro...
- National Monitoring and Evaluation Manual Launch
- Gender Ministry educates young men on Gender based...
- Sunyani Anglican Diocese ordains five Ministers
- President commends chiefs and people of Akuapem
- Improving school environment critical for quality ...
- Institute memorial lectures for Prof. Awoonor - Ca...
- Presby Moderator commends Justice Atuguba
- Government to meet 30 per cent women quota
- Africans urged to forge military partnership
- UDS introduces t10 new graduate programmes
- Federation of disabled honours Energy Minister
- Enough money was left for payment to contractors -...
- Government will upgrade DOVVSU - President
Category: General Created on Thursday, 08 March 2012 18:34 Published Date Written by GNA Hits: 1789
Accra, March 8, GNA - Mr Padi Tetteh, Programme Coordinator, Ghana Refugee Board on Thursday said out of the 11,000 Liberian refugees living in Ghana, only 450 had expressed interest in voluntary repatriation.
He has therefore, encouraged more Liberian refugees living in Ghana "to take advantage of the voluntary repatriation."
"It is important that these refugees take decisions and opt for voluntary repatriation, before June 30 when the cessation clause would come into effect. If they have not registered their status as refugees, it would cease."
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Accra, Mr Tetteh appealed to Liberian refugees to take advantage of the opportunity to register their status for local reintegration or repatriation.
He explained that a grace period of three months would be given after the cessation period of June 30 this year, after which the Ghana Immigration Authority would handle them as illegal immigrants, and the Buduburam camp would be closed down.
Mr Tetteh emphasized that it was not everyone that would voluntarily be repatriated and indicated that those who would opt for local integration would be screened and selected to have their track record.
“We are still working on local integration as a delegation mission from Liberia is in the country to encourage many refugees to return home.”
The delegation is made up of officials from the Sports and Education Ministries to brief the refugees on the situation at home.
Mr Tetteh said the Liberian Government had introduced a grant of US$300 for adults and US$200 for children as a resettlement package to encourage them to return home.
Mr Nicholas Alex Perkins, Senior Protection Officer, Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission, explained that the repatriation was good even though some of the refuges thought the time was too early while others were happy about the exercise.
He said the repatriation package had been arranged at home and the Government had the absorption capacity and that "the atmosphere is conductive".
Inter-Bank Forex Rates
Click here to see more Last Update: 13th Sep.