The EU Ambassador to Ghana has asked Ghanaians and heads of Ghanaian institutions to stop begging for more anytime donor agencies give them money or items to help in their work.
This was after the Comptroller General of the Ghana Immigration Service asked the EU for more help after they have donated vehicles, IT equipment and other items worth about GHc 2.3 million.
These items are to help manage the country’s borders more effectively, under the EU-funded Ghana Integrated Migration Management Approach project.
The Comptroller General of Immigration Kwame Asuah Takyi said “The GIS is very grateful for the continuous support we receive from the European Union and its member countries. But like Oliver Twist, we shall be grateful for more, particularly in the development of our border infrastructure and systems.”
However, his Oliver Twist request did not go well with the EU Ambassador to Ghana, William Hanna.
He urged Ghanaian leaders to desist from always asking for more and follow President Nana Akufo-Addo’s path of creating a self-sufficient country.
“I am thinking that in a country, where the President is talking about moving beyond aid, we should maybe move away from the Oliver twist references and reference Great Expectations, another book by Dickens.”
He also spoke about an oncoming summit in Abidjan for European Leaders and African leader to debate the question of youth and job creation.
“We hear that the new government is putting a lot of emphasis in creating jobs and that will address the root causes of migration. So let’s perhaps have great expectations of what we can do together,” he said.