Nigeria High Commission in Accra, Ghana has refuted social media report that Nigerians living in Ghana without resident permit will not be able to withdraw their money from the banks as from November.
A statement signed by the Head of Chancery, Abdulazeez Ibrahim, the Mission described the report as ‘fake news’.
The Mission, therefore, assured Nigerians with banking operations in Ghana to disregard the news, stressing “Relevant Ghanaian authorities have disclaimed such directives and appeal to all and sundry to remain calm.”
“The attention of the Nigeria High Commission in Ghana has been drawn to fake news circulating on social media insinuating that some unnamed Ghanaian authorities have issued a directive forbidding non-resident Nigerians from operating bank accounts in Ghana.
“The fake news purportedly advised such Nigerians to withdraw their money from the Ghanaian banking system in order to avoid being blocked as from November, 2019.
“It ended by advising Nigerians to “be wise and get your documents to avoid this storm seeping away all you have laboured for years in a day,” it said.
The High Commission, however, assured all Nigerians with banking operations in Ghana to remain calm. (NAN).
Edited by Felix Ajide
Authorities begin “house-to-house” search for close contacts of COVID-19 cases in Argentina’s capital
Health authorities began a “house-to-house” operation Saturday to search for close contacts of people diagnosed with the novel coronavirus disease in the capital city of Buenos Aires.
The program, “Strategic Testing Device for Coronavirus in Terrain of Argentina (DETECTAR),” began in the central neighborhood of Balvanera and will continue into the districts of Flores and Palermo, spokesmen for the Buenos Aires city government told Xinhua.
The three neighborhoods have registered some of the highest numbers of cases in the capital.
“The objective is to identify early the close contacts of the 84 people from Balvanera recently confirmed to have COVID-19, to evaluate them, and to mitigate the contagiousness of the virus,” the spokesmen said.
As of Saturday morning, Argentina had reported 21,037 cases of the disease, with 10,174 in Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires authorities said that the operation includes the deployment of a fever emergency unit and a sanitization truck, as well as personnel utilizing specialized hygienic clothing and equipment.
Floyd’s death to inspire change in America: Ghanaian president
Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo expressed his hope here late Monday that the death of George Floyd would inspire a lasting change in how America confronts head on the problems of hate and racism.
Describing Floyd‘s death as “unfortunate and tragic” on social media, Akufo-Addo said black people over the world are shocked and distraught by the killing of the unarmed black man by a white police officer in the United States.
African American Floyd died on May 25 shortly after a white police officer in Minneapolis held him down with a knee on his neck for almost nine minutes despite pleas by Floyd he was struggling to breathe, which ignited violent protests in dozens of U.S. cities.
“It can’t be right that in the 21st century, the U.S., this great bastion of democracy, continues to grapple with the problem of systemic racism,” he said.
“It carried with it an all too painful familiarity and un ugly reminder,” said the president, adding that Ghanaians stand with their kith and kin in America in these difficult and trying times.
Ghanaian president announces gradual easing of COVID-19 measures to restore socio-economic activities
Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced here late Sunday the beginning of a phased easing of the measures instituted in March to combat the spread of the new coronavirus in the country.
The president said in his 10th televised address to the nation on the COVID-19 measures that the gradual easing was expected to bring back the country’s social and economic life.
Akufo-Addo ordered schools to start re-opening from June 15 and called for educational authorities to ensure the appropriate enhanced safety protocols and social distancing adherence.
Restaurants could open with the appropriate safety protocols, he added.
The president also assured that the government would continue to repatriate stranded Ghanaians in other countries and quarantine them on arrival.
As of Monday morning, the West African country has recorded a total of 8,070 confirmed cases with 36 deaths.
Chinese embassy aids Ghanaian children with anti-epidemic supplies amid COVID-19 outbreak
ACCRA, April 28 (Xinhua)–The Chinese embassy donated a consignment of anti-epidemic supplies to the government of Ghana on Tuesday for the care and protection of vulnerable children during the fight against COVID-19.
The items included 1,200 bottles of sanitizer, 6,800 pieces of baby wipes,3,000 face masks, 2,520 bars of soap, and 1,200 rolls of toilet paper.
Presenting the items, the Chinese ambassador to Ghana Wang Shiting said COVID-19 had a significant impact on everybody, including deprived children.
“To ease the challenge and enormous pressure faced by the orphanages, residential homes, and foster families, the Chinese embassy, together with the Chinese enterprises’ chamber, would like to donate anti-epidemic supplies and necessities to support these vulnerable children in the country,” Wang said.
He added that “children are the future, the hope, and heirs of the friendship between China and Ghana, for which reason the Chinese embassy prioritizes the work of children.”
The Minister for Gender, Children, and Social Protection, Cynthia Morrison, who received the items, thanked the Chinese embassy and the Chinese enterprises’ chamber in Ghana for their thoughtful gesture towards Ghanaian children.
“Ghana will strengthen cooperation with China and other countries in the world to fight the epidemic, and give a better life to the children,” she added.