Ghana to shut down foreign missions?
from RUSSEL ADADEVOH in Accra, Ghana
ACCRA – GHANA is contemplating shutting down its embassies and consulates in Brazil and South Korea amid the West African country’s economic challenges.
There were no immediate comment from Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Minister, Hannah Tetteh regarding the sad development, sources told the local media that the country was “seriously” considering closing down the centres.
Media reports claim that majority of Ghana’s Missions abroad were broke, with business activities virtually came to a standstill.
It is reported staff were no longer received regular salaries as payments came in batches.
The embassies are reportedly struggling to purchase office stationery with reports that companies leasing office accommodation, furniture and other services were threatening to either evict or cut their services.
“Landlords are ejecting us from our houses for non-payment of rent. Our health insurance has been suspended for non-payment. Telephone lines are being disconnected for non-payment of bills.
“In fact we are really suffering…we need help,” a source reportedly told one daily.
Most surprising would be the closure of the embassy in Brasilia, the Brazilian capital, judging from Ghana’s new-found love for contracting loans from the South American giant.
Ghana seems to be shifting its attention from China to Brazil for financial support and the number of high-profile companies queuing up to undertake contracts in the building and construction industry cannot be overlooked.
– CAJ News
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