No Flight Ban between Accra and Monrovia, Government Clarifies

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has dismissed as false reports that the Government of Ghana has banned flights from Ghana to Liberia and vice versa.

 According to a Foreign Ministry release, contrary to media reports that the Ghanaian Government has banned all flights from Ghana into Liberia, Kenya Airways, Gambia Bird and other flights are still flying in and out of Monrovia from and to Ghana.

 The release also stated that there has been no harassment or detention of any passenger from Liberia at the Ghanaian airport.

 According to the release, the Liberian Embassy in Accra, Ghana further disclosed that the Ghanaian Government has put in place routine measures at the airport, such as registration and the reading of temperatures of all passengers arriving in Accra from Ebola infected countries. Similar measures are introduced by the Liberian Government at the Roberts International Airport.

  There have been consistent reports and rumors recently, especially in some news media, that the Ghanaian Government is banning flights from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria as a way of containing the Ebola virus and that the movement of Liberians in Ghana, especially at Buduburam Camp are being restricted in light of the Ebola scare. These reports are unfounded and untrue.

 
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Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/ dakasen1978@yahoo.com

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