Veep meets Ghanaians in Czech Republic

Vice President John Dramani Mahama

Ghanaians in the Czech Republic, at the weekend, called on the Mills administration to create a congenial environment that would attract investors into the country. They expressed the need for a good security network to bring robbery to the barest minimum, an effective National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), and a well defined transport system.

The call was made during a meeting of Vice President John Dramani Mahama with the Ghanaian community in the Czech Republic, as part of a five-day visit to the Eastern European country.

Dr. Michael Kugblenu, Managing Director of Simba Plus, an engineering company in the Czech Republic, said although more Ghanaians were willing to return home to invest, they were scared of daily of reports of armed robbery, particularly, against chief executive officers of corporate organisations.

“We, as Ghanaians, always want to encourage others to go to our country to invest, but anytime we hear of these robberies, we feel that both lives and property are not secure, and therefore reserve our intentions.”

Mr. Augustine Yeboah, Organiser of Ghanaians in Prague, who spoke to the Ghana News Agency, extolled some of the virtues of the Czech Republic.

“In this country, you call the ambulance, and the next one minute they are at your door with a doctor on board to take care of the patient, before you get to the hospital, but, in Ghana, people wielding the NHIS cards spend numerous hours at the health facilities before they are taken care of,” he said.

Mr. Kofi Afrikatu Nkrumah, Managing Director of Humanistas Africa, a non-governmental organisation, called for the total transformation of the transport system in Ghana.

“In Czech Republic, I can call someone in another city, and give the time I will arrive, but in Ghana, your arrival is determined by the magnitude of traffic on the road, which can be frustrating and even embarrassing.”

He said democratically, Ghana was growing at a rate that outpaces some European countries, but could stand taller among its peers by improving on the road and transport network, the NHIS, and national security. – GNA

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