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The United States Embassy in Accra is operating on a residual budget because of the partial shut down by the government, an Official of the Embassy said. The official explained that the residual budget was insufficient for the operations of the embassy and should the shut down continue, the Embassy will have to lay off non-essential staff members to enable them sustain their operations. The Official who pleaded anonymity spoke to the media on how the US government shut down was affecting the embassy’s operations. A Residual budget is budget which has not been used therefore rolled over unto the following year. The Embassy Official said that they were still using the budget of 2013, explaining that the US fiscal calendar starts from October 1 and end on September 30. The Official, however, said the shutdown will not affect Ghanaians directly since they continue to have meetings with stakeholders and the visa section continues to operate.
A move by Officials of the Ghana Embassy in Russia that has sabotaged efforts of the Ghana Community and students from celebrating the 6th March Independence Day has raised eyebrows among Ghanaians in the Russian Federation. Over the years there has been a joint celebration of the Independence Day with specially allocated Government funds during which the Ambassador meets to interact with students and members of the Ghana community. On this occasion the Ghana embassy has surprisingly and unprecedentedly decided not to support or be part of the 6th March celebrations for unknown reasons. This comes at a time when there has been several complaints regarding how things are done at that embassy, with several instances of alleged abuses of power and victimization of some ordinary Ghanaians whose interests should have been paramount to the mission as well as the arbitrary reductions in student allowances without reasons. Some Ghanaians felt the Government has failed them by its inability to carefully scrutinize well some of the people sent to represent the nation overseas.
France has expressed its readiness to relocate its embassy from the Flagstaff House area as a sign of fostering of stronger bond with Ghana. The French Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Frederic Clavier, said he was in talks with the government of Ghana to identify a suitable place to locate its embassy. He said he had made a proposal to the government of Ghana on the planned relocation, saying “I can tell you I am in a very close contact with Ghanaian authorities and there is absolutely no problem in that direction.” He would not give a timeline but bu said plans were far advanced and the planned relocation would be soon and the agreed location announced.
President John Dramani Mahama left for Ankara,Turkey as part of a four day official visit to that country. While in Turkey the President is expected to open a new Embassy of Ghana in Ankara, Turkey. The Ghana Mission which started operation in Turkey late last year has been without an official office.
The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands accredited to Sierra Leone and based in Senegal, Ambassador Pieter Jan Kleiweg De Zwaan, has informed the government of Sierra Leone that its Embassy in Dakar Senegal will be closed and relocated to Accra in Ghana. He said his government will be covering Sierra Leone, through their Embassy in Ghana. This he noted is as a result of some of their missions being closed in Africa. “However’ he said “there would be exceptions for diplomatic applications to be processed in Senegal” Ambassador De Zwaan added that applicants from Sierra Leone should in the interim first contact the Dutch Embassy in Senegal for enquiries on +221338490360 or Fax +221338217084 or through its web- http://www.nlambassadedakar.org.
A letter intercepted by Citi News indicates that Ghanaians working in the country’s missions abroad with particular reference to the Embassy in Tokyo, Japan have not been paid for the past three months. The letter revealed that the local staff of the Ghanaian Embassy in Tokyo has called off a planned demonstration to demand payment. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration confirmed the situation, but the Deputy Minister Chris Kpodo said the Ministry is working to rectify the problem. He told Citi News in an interview that, “there has been some delay in remittances to our missions and there is no cause for alarm actually. We have a general problem and it’s affecting all missions, it’s not only Tokyo mission.”
Ambassador to Libya and his family are living in the state of fear, doubt and uncertainty as some unidentified gun men have incessantly attacked and robbed the residence of H.E Kodjo Hodari-Okae in Tripoli. The Ghana Ambassador to Libya recounted that two armed attack have been launched to his residence in the spate of two weeks. He said, in the early hours of Sunday the 35th of March 2012 he and his family woke up to realize that some people had broken into their house and made away with valuable properties belonging to both the Mission and his family. The Ghanaian diplomat said, as if that was not enough, while the police was trying to investigate the incident there was other gun attacks on the residency on the 29th March 2012. He stated that since the incident happened he had informed the Police in Tripoli and the National Transitional Council (NTC) but nothing practical had been done allay his doubt and also to guarantee their safety, though he was assured by the authorities of positioning security guards at the residency. He said all the assurances have failed to materialized. Aside the residence of the Ghana Ambassador which was attacked on two occasions, other foreign missions have been attacked including Lesotho, Kenya, Congo Brazzaville and Kinshasa respectively, and according to reports they launched a grenade attack on the Belgium Embassy. Ambassador Kodjo Hodari-Okae said, ‘’It’s difficult to tell. The situation is not something I can clearly define. Practically everyone has some kind of arms or weapon moving about with.’’ H.E Hodari Okine since the incident had moved to a hotel with his family per the advice from the Accra office, for fortitude and solace. He indicated that he had met with the foreign affairs minister of Libya over the issue and promised to ensure their safety and security, but till date he had not heard or seen any action from them.