Ghanaians in Ivory Coast are safe – government assures

Alhaji Muhammed Mumuni, Ghana`s Foreign Minister

Government says it has put in place contingency measures that will ensure the safety of Ghanaians in Ivory Coast.

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The country has for some time now been engulfed in a leadership crises over disputed presidential elections in which both the incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo and opposition leader Allassane Quattarra have declared themselves winners.

Though Mr. Ouattara has been recognized internationally as the victor, Laurent Gbagbo has refused to step aside.

There are fears foreign intervention could ignite a civil war which would pitch the country’s many foreign migrant workers against the indigenes with the likelihood that Ghanaians may be caught up in the conflict.

But speaking to Joy News, Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammed Mumuni said arrangements are in place to ensure Ghanaians in that country are safe.

He said Ghanaians in that volatile country were quite safe but added that if there ever was a need to evacuate them, structures have been put in place to do that.

Mr Mumuni said Ghana’s embassy in Abidjan “is on top of the situation as well as national security. The Ghana Mission is in contact with the leadership of Ghanaian residents in La Cote d’Ivoire and they are regularly consulting with them and apprising each of the development.”

What the contingency plans are, he wouldn’t tell but assured there was no cause for alarm.

Meanwhile, Joy News checks at the United Nations Human Rights Commission for Refugees indicate there has not been any movement yet of refugees into Ghana.

Public Information Officer, Ewurabena Hutchful said everything is under control.

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