The Government of Ghana is ever ready to evacuate her citizens from The Gambia, Ministers designate for Defense, Dominic Nitiwul has assured. Hon. Nitiwul who appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament, Friday evening, said the Ghana Armed Forces (GFA) has put all the necessary measures in place to evacuate 50,000 Ghanaians most of whom are Fisher folks either by air or sea to their homeland. Government has put in place the necessary measures to evacuate Ghanaians.The decision he said follows Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to cede political power to the President-elect, Adama Barrow, a situation which may likely lead to civil unrest in the West African nation.
Prior to committing 205 combat Ghanaian soldiers to the ECOWAS troops to help oust Jammeh from power and also ensure a peaceful environment in The Gambia, the government came under sever criticisms for not evacuating its citizens. Jammeh had his last chance to cede power to Barrow who was sworn into office in neighbouring Senegal but missed that opportunity last Friday. His refusal likely to provoke the ECOWAS troops to close in on him in the coming days, a situation some security fear may cause some resistance and lead to civil unrest.
Thousands of Gambians have fled their home country owing to Jammeh’s refusal to cede political power. However, minister-designate for Defence, Dominic Nitiwul, told Parliament’s Appointments Committee when appeared before it for vetting that preparations have been put in place to evacuate Ghanaians from The Gambia should that become necessary. “I’m not … able to tell you publicly the steps that are being taken to evacuate our civilians but I can say for a fact that enough preparations have been made to ensure that in the event that we need to evacuate any Ghanaian, we will do that,” he noted.
Kasapa FM’s Stephen Odoi Larbi reported that his comment was after a member of the Committee, Alhassan Suhuyini had asked him as to whether he would advice the President to evacuate Ghanaians from The Gambia in view of the crisis brewing in the small West African nation. Hon. Nitiwul further told the Committee that “the situation in the Gambia is a bit serious,” but was hopeful hat by close of day Saturday it would have been resolved