Parliament to probe alleged Embassies that maltreat Ghanaian visa applicants

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The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Michael Oquaye, has tasked the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House, to investigate alleged maltreatment meted out to Ghanaian visa applicants by some embassies in Ghana.

This follows a statement made by the ranking member on the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, on ‘the treatment meted out to Ghanaian visa applicants by some embassies in Ghana.’

Presenting the statement on the floor of Parliament, the Ranking Member, said he has observed that most of these embassies in question have made no provision for a decent and safe waiting area, where visa applicants may be hosted as they await their turn during visa interview appointments.

He indicated that he had personally made the effort to visit a number of embassies during their interview appointment periods, and what he observed left him rather outraged.

He said what is even more worrying is the fact that often, some of the embassy staff who treat Ghanaian visa applicants with such disdain are fellow Ghanaians.

He demanded a change of attitude and a change in how visa applicants are treated and perceived by officials at these embassies.  He added that Consular courtesies must be fair to all persons and on both sides.

‘Mr. Speaker, though I have avoided mentioning specific embassies for obvious diplomatic reasons, however, the famous lyrics of the legendary Robert Nesta Marley comes in handy – “And who the cap fit, let them wear it!”, the MP said.

The Speaker charged Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, to deliberate on the matter through investigation and interrogation.

He said armed with a letter from the Speaker’s office, the Committee shall visit relevant embassies and places, analyse the problem, and report back to the House.

He emphasised that Parliament will co-operate with the appropriate ministries and agencies, but will not abandon its inquisitorial role of enquiring into matters that catch concerns and afflict Ghanaians.


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