The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative in Ghana, Ms. Esther Kiragu has praised Ghana’s efforts at ensuring the protection of refugees and asylum seekers in Ghana. At a courtesy call on the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Kiragu was particularly impressed about the collaborative work with the Ghana Refugee Board and other government agencies in helping the UN Refugee Agency to achieve its mandate of coordinating, protecting and providing humanitarian assistance to thousands of refugees from different parts of the world.
Ms. Kiragu arrived in Ghana on Monday October 8, 2018 to assume office as UNHCR Representative in Ghana. She takes over from Ms. Loli Kimyaci who was reassigned in February 2018.
Foreign Affairs Minister, Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchway on her part congratulated the envoy on her appointment to the office of the UNHCR Representation in Ghana, assuring of Ghana’s continued support. She recalled several measures to support displaced persons living in the country, citing the four camp schools which have been covered under the National school feeding program in 2017 as well as the provision of proficient teachers for all educational facilities in the four refugee camps.
The honorable Minister indicated that Government is doing everything possible through the Ghana Refugee Board and other stakeholders to find sustainable solutions to the refugees’ problem in Ghana. She said the country is working persistently to explore the advantages refugees bring to their host nations for mutual benefit. She acknowledged the support of the UN Refugee Agency in providing vital assistance to the Ghana situation.
The two officials called for deepened cooperation between Ghana and the UNHCR to protect more refugees not only in Ghana but across the African continent.