REPORTS reaching the Times from New York, the United States of America, indicate that Ghana’s new Ambassador to the United Nations, has made it her priority engagement to reach out to the Ghanaian Diaspora there, and rope them in to play roles in the nation’s development.
In furtherance of that objective, the envoy, Mrs Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, a few days after her assumption of office, organised a diaspora engagement with the executives of the various Ghana associations in New York, not only to fraternise with them, but conscientise them to their responsibilities towards the motherland, and the possibility of involving them in such national interests as investment, trade and governance.
The Times considers such a move very commendable, for the strategic importance and contributions of the Ghanaian Diaspora cannot be over- emphasised.
It is a widely known fact that diasporan remittances and other forms of financial transactions have greatly boosted the economy.
This is manifested by the statistics available at the Bank of Ghana.
The Central Bank’s figures show that as at July, 2014, remittances channelled through formal sources stood at US$1.06 billion.
In 2010, remittances into the country amounted to US$2.1 billion, and rose to US$2.2 billion the following year.
The figures, however, show that the nation experienced a marginal decline in 2012 when they recorded US$1.8 billion, increasing marginally to US$1.97 billion in 2013.
Every Ghanaian living abroad has some love for the nation and feels some affinity to it, as if tied to its umbilical cord; they are committed to assisting the nation, not only through remittances, but any other means available.
The nation needs these remittances from its sons and daughters abroad.
That is why the Times advises the government to charge all its envoys abroad to endeavour to reach out to the diaspora, to harness all available resources to aid the nation’s development.
We need assistance from all areas, and what comes from our people abroad should be greatly appreciated.
For as the local adage goes: “Ketewa bia nnsua” (to wit, no amount is too small).