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President Akufo-Addo confers citizenship on 126 Africans in Diaspora

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has conferred Ghanaian citizenship on 126 members of the African Diaspora.

This follows thorough background checks by the Ministry of Interior.

A brief ceremony at the Jubilee House, on Wednesday, President Akufo-Addo charged them to jealously protect the image of  Ghana which they are now citizens by registration.

A Circuit Court Judge, Priscilla Dapaa Mireku administered the oath of allegiance to officially confer Ghanaian citizenship on the One hundred and twenty-six, (126), members of the African Diaspora which included the wife of legendary Reggae musician, Bob Marley.

The ceremony forms part of activities to celebrate the ‘Year of Return’.

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The Interior Minister, Ambrose Derry urged them to owe allegiance to Ghana and respect the laws of the country.

He reminded them of the sanction that comes with flouting the laws of the nations.

President Akufo-Addo asked them to respect the laws of the country and live within the tenets of the constitution.

He urged them to guard and protect the image of the country they have sworn to be citizens.

To facilitate the process of reintegration, the President urged them to learn at least one Ghanaian language of their choice.

He sold the idea of ’Ghana Beyond Aid’ to the new citizens and urged them to support government efforts in achieving that feat

Spokesperson for the Group Rabbi Kohbian on behalf of the new citizens pledged to abide by the laws of the country.

A minute of silence was observed in memory of former Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations, Jake Obetsebi Lamptey who has been credited with championing the course for the return of descent of Slave Trade to their homes of origin. 

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Story filed by: Bright Ntramah

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