More Ghanaian students who fled Ukraine over the unrest in that country have arrived at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra.
The 24 students were met by the Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Kwaku Ampratwum-Sarpong, who welcomed them on behalf of the president.
In his address to the students, the Deputy Minister said; “I want to welcome you back home to Ghana on behalf of the president. I know you’ve been through a very traumatic and difficult situation, but thanks be to God that you’re home today. All Ghanaians share in your plight. It is our hope that in good time, you will pull yourself together and go back to further your studies,” he added.
Adu Gyamfi Amobi, a level 500 student in Ukraine, thanked the government for coming to their aid when it was most needed, amidst recounting the traumatic experience.
“We want to thank the Government of Ghana for the assistance. A lot of lives were lost, and it was sad. The flights and the [COVID] test were very expensive, yet the government made sure everything was free, accommodation, food, COVID-19 test, and I was surprised. We thank God, and the government,” he added.
The first batch of Ghanaian students evacuated from Ukraine arrived in Ghana on March 1, 2022.
Ghana’s Foreign Ministry puts the figure of Ghanaian students in Ukraine who have fled the country and wish to return home at more than 500.
The Deputy Minister added that the government has lobbied with the Russian government and the good news is, after lobbying with the Russian government through the EU and AU, President Putin agreed they would allow free passage of our citizens caught up in Sumy, Kharkiv, and the other areas immediately. The Red Cross will also participate in the safe evacuation of our citizens.
“The other good news is that the Hungary government has agreed to take those of you willing to transfer to the Universities in Hungary, and they are prepared to assist with financial assistance like you were paying in Hungary.”
He also noted that the government has arranged with the Ghana Psychological Society to aid the students to deal with the trauma they went through.
“An arrangement has been made with the Ghana Psychological Society to assist with any psychological assistance if need be as you reintegrate into the society. They are here to give you some little information, and you can visit them later if you wish”