Ranking Member on the Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Affairs, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, says the 10-day isolation by the UK for fully vaccinated individuals from developing countries upon arrival in England is an outrageous and discriminatory policy.
Speaking on news and current affairs programme, ‘Behind the News’ on the heels of President Akufo-Addo’s address to the UN where he appealed to World leaders not to use the COVID-19 vaccine and vaccination as a tool for immigration control, Mr. Ablakwa urged developing countries to reciprocate the policy to Britons if the policy is not reversed with immediate effect.
‘‘This decision by the UK authority is absolutely unacceptable. And it takes us back to the days of colonialism to the days of outright slavery. This is such an outrageous policy in all sincerity. I take the view that our President was rather mild in his response to the United Nations today, I expected his Excellency to go a step further by making it clear that this is the spirit of reciprocity if the bid should not be immediately reversed, this discrimination position. As ECOWAS Chairman, I expect he will lead a change for all ECOWAS nations to be vaccinated. British travellers are simple; like that it does not matter we drag at all. I miss the glorious days of the celebrated African leaders, the days of Osagyefo’’, Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa stated.