The Rastafari Council of Ghana has congratulated President John Mahama for granting Ghanaian citizenship to 35 members of the Black Diaspora resident in Ghana.
According to the Ahuma Bosco Ocansey of the Council in a release, the swearing in “underscores Ghana’s leadership role within the Pan African community.”
He also urged the incoming government headed by President elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to “continue in the steps of President Mahama by passing the law to allow Diasporans to receive visas on arrival in the country.”
Full statement below …
The Rastafari Council of Ghana congratulates the President John Dramani Mahama for granting citizenship to 35 members of the Black Diaspora resident in Ghana.
This feat by President Mahama once again underscores Ghana’s leadership role within the Pan African community.
The new citizens are from the United States and Caribbean and their swearing as citizens of Ghana is a culmination of the Joseph Project initiated by the late Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey during his tenure as Minister of Tourism and Diasporan Relations.
Indeed by this singular feat, Ghana has proven that it is the gateway to Africa. Like President Mahama said at the swearing in, the door of no return which is here in Ghana has been sealed with the door of return which the granting of citizenship to the Diasporans signifies.
President Mahama made a crucial statement that the issuance of the citizenship to the diasporans is not a favour but their birthright as Africans who were forcibly taken away from the land of their birth.
President Mahama also expressed the hope that over the coming years, it would become possible for Diasporans to receive visa on arrival at the various entry points similar to what obtains for Africans entering Ghana.
We would like to urge the President elect Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to continue in the steps of President Mahama by passing the law to allow Diasporans to receive visas on arrival in the country.
Ahuma Bosco Ocansey