‘Government must immediately attend to Ghanaian students in China’ – Fmr NUGS Prez

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The Government of Ghana has been urged to as a matter of urgency attend to Ghanaians in China as the deadly coronavirus keeps spreading.

Former president of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), Mohammed Sadiq Gombilla, in a statement called on the Akufo-Addo government to put up an evacuation plan for some 300 Ghanaian students in the Asia country.

As of Tuesday, 103 had died in Hubei province alone, a daily record, and the national death toll now 1,016, as many countries keep flying their citizens from China.

Last Friday, some students told Power 97.9 FM News that Ghana officials were not ready to support them.

But the former student leader, who bemoaned the posturing of the government, said “The nonchalance of the Government with regard to the issue is worrying.”

“The claim by Government for supporting the over 300 students in Wuhan with food is purely disingenuous and not even remotely true,” Gombilla alleged.

Below is his statement;

Government Must Immediately Attend to Ghanaian Students in China

Ghanaian students in the Chinese city of Wuhan are stationed in their residence for a number of weeks due to the debacle that has confronted China and no one is shuddered (particularly the government of Ghana).

The nonchalance of the Government with regard to the issue is worrying. The claim by Government for supporting the over 300 students in Wuhan with food is purely disingenuous and not even remotely true.

Now, these students have been in the clutches of two equally hazardous alternatives of either moving out of their residence to contract the disease all in the name of searching for food or stay in their residence and die of hunger. These students out of mercy have always been escaping the grip of death every single flash which isn’t going to be like this forever. Government must do something.

The best the Government of Ghana should do in this unfortunate circumstance, is to evacuate these students to a less prone area and this is viable. This is viable because, Tunisia has evacuated its nationals. The UK has done same; not to talk of some African nations. So why not Ghana? The lives of the over 300 students of Ghanaian nationals stationed in Wuhan means very well to us as a country and it’s also viable without doubt if government also does same by evacuating them.

I will commend USAG for adding their voice to this call and urge the National Union of Ghana Students (Nugs) to come out from their quiet stance and speak for the voiceless Ghanaian students studying in China as early as possible as people’s lives are in duress in China.

It’s about time we put away the propaganda and put forth our struggle as a country and assist our brothers and sisters in Wuhan.

Mohammed Sadiq Gombilla Former Nugs President 0200608218/0242928640

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