Tetteh Kawo Padi, the executive director of the Ghana Refugee Board, has disclosed that none of the Burkinabe refugees who registered with the board had been returned to their place of origin.
Mr. Padi claimed in an interview on The Probe on JoyNews that his organization has registered over 3,000 refugees from the neighboring nation and is continuously working to register more.
His statement follows worries earlier in the week that Ghana would be sending home thousands of refugees who had settled in Northern Ghana.
But Mr Padi indicated that “what I can confidently say is that none of the Burkinabes we have registered have been sent back, neither those that we know intend to seek asylum and declared their intentions as they entered but have not registered. None of those people have been sent back.”
The Executive Director of the Refugee Board said that a receiving facility has been established with assistance from the UNHCR, complete with certain essential facilities to make refugees comfortable.
The center also makes sure that all refugees entering Ghana are identified and cared for, Mr. Padi continued.
“The center has already 500 persons there and we are actually transporting asylum seekers to move to the reception center, where they will be other interventions such as food, water, and electricity,” he said.
He said that while the Refugee Board is taking measures to guarantee that all refugees migrate to the center, some have already made themselves at home in villages in the north and are hesitant to do so.