Ghana repays Barbados part of over $600,000 for repatriation of stranded Ghanaians, other nationals

The Ghana government has paid its share of the cost of repatriating some stranded Ghanaians and other African nationals in that country in 2008, the Nation News, a Barbadian publication reports.

The publication cited the Barbadian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean as saying on Wednesday January 19, 2011 that Ghana had paid its half of the $618 446.40 that the government paid to charter a plane to repatriate the 97 tourists.

The Ghanaians and other African nationals were stranded in Barbados when the Ghana International Airline (GIA) which flew them there on a tour failed to return to Barbados to bring the tourists back on February 15, 2008.

The tourists however returned to Ghana on Wednesday night May 7, 2008 after Ghana and Barbados agreed to bear the cost of returning them to Ghana.

By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi

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