The Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Mr Kennedy Agyapong, has presented $428,650 to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration to support in the evacuation of Ghanaians stranded abroad.
Mr Agyapong who contributed $200,000 himself and mobilised the rest through appeal did that to support the evacuation of 700 stranded Ghanaians in Lebanon.
The support will help cover the evacuation of the fourth and fifth batches scheduled for August 11 and 13, respectively.
Presenting the cheque on Wednesday, Mr Agyapong said: “It is not in everything that we expect the white man to save us or take care of for us. We need to prove that we are capable of managing our own affairs.”
The cheque was received on behalf of the Ministry by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey who thanked the Assin Central MP and indicated that government would bear the cost of quarantine of the evacuees when they arrive in Ghana, just as it had done for more than 3,000 of their compatriots who had been evacuated from various parts of the world, including China, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait and Qatar.
“The generosity of Mr Agyapong is public knowledge and the donation today is only a testimony of his kind heart, and we expect this donation to fund the evacuation of 727 Ghanaians from Lebanon.”
“On behalf of the Government of Ghana, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and, indeed, all Ghanaians and the families who will be benefiting from this generous offer, I wish to thank you, my colleague and brother, Mr Agyapong, and all those who through your efforts have contributed to this noble cause,” she said.
“By this act, you have proven to be a responsive statesman and patriot, and Ghanaians are grateful,” she concluded.