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09.11.2004 General News

Ministry warns illegal travellers to Liberia

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Accra, Nov. 9, GNA - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday warned travellers using unapproved and unauthorised routes to Liberia to desist from such acts because it was perilous and unsafe.

The Ministry was also deeply concerned about the use of canoes by some Ghanaians, particularly from coastal towns in the Central and Western Regions, to travel to Liberia, and wished to caution prospective travellers against the use of such means of transportation which "are not only unauthorized but are perilous and unsafe."

A statement the Ministry issued and was signed by Mrs Martha Pobee, Acting Director, Information, Culture and Linguistics Bureau said: "It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that despite previous warnings, some Ghanaians continue to travel by illegal means to Liberia, and without the requisite valid travel documents. "This practice has led to the arrest, detention and subsequent deportation of Ghanaian travellers by the Liberian immigration authorities."

The statement said Local Government authorities in the regions concerned "are requested to mount public campaigns within their respective communities to educate would-be travellers on proper travel procedures within the sub-region and to desist from this illegal and dangerous practice."

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