One hundred and twenty-six members of the African-American Diaspora Community have had their citizenship approved by the President Akufo-Addo.
In accordance with section 10 of the Citizenship Act (2000) Act 591, they become citizens of Ghana by registration.
Section 10 of the Citizenship Act (2000) Act 591 entitled, “Citizenship by Registration”, sub section one (1) says a citizen of age and capacity of any approved country may upon an application, and with the approval of the President, be registered as a citizen of Ghana if he satisfies the Minister that, (a) he is of a good character; (b) he is ordinarily resident in Ghana; (c) he has been so resident throughout the period as the Minister may in the special circumstances of any particular case accept, immediately before the application; and (d) he can speak and understand an indigenous language of Ghana”.
Based on the aforementioned Statute after scrutiny, the Ministry of Interior approved the application of the 126 members of the African American and Caribbean Diaspora community in Ghana.
Her Honour, Priscilla Dapaa Mireku administered the Oath of Allegiance to the ahead of the formal conferment of Ghanaian Citizenship on the applicants.
In his address, the President Akufo-Addo stated that their decision to take up “Ghanaian Citizenship means you have agreed to respect and abide by the laws of Ghana and live in accordance with the tenets of Ghana’s constitution”.
The President added that the ceremony forms part of activities “commemorating the Year of return, the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved African in the Commonwealth of Virginia which was later to become part of the United States of America”.
He noted that they have taken the responsibility of preserving and promoting the image of a country whose reputation amongst other nations is very high.
The Minister for Interior, Ambrose Dery called on the applicants to abide by the laws of Ghana, as they take up Ghanaian citizenship.