President J. A. Kufuor has advised Ghanaians living abroad not to engage in activities which bring the name and reputation of Ghana into disrepute.
He said Ghanaians around the globe were hardworking, respectful and had carved a good name for themselves and stressed that that should be maintained.
President Kufuor gave the advice when he visited Ghanaians living in Ghana Town, a suburb of Banjul, the Gambian capital, predominantly inhabited by Ghanaians, to interact with them.
The President was in The Gambia to participate in the seventh ordinary session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) but took time off his schedule to interact with the Ghanaian citizens to acquaint himself with the problems facing them and to brief them on developments in Ghana.
President Kufuor urged them to abide by the laws of the host country. He said the Ghanaian spirit and values of oneness, communal living and sharing should be their guiding principle.
The President gave the assurance that the government was still working through three committees set up to investigate disturbances which affected Ghanaians in that country last year.
He said he had personally spoken to the Gambian President, Alhaji Yahya Jameh, on issues affecting the Ghanaian community and urged them to be patient.
The Chief of Ghana Town, Nana Samuel Kwesi Amoah, said there had not been serious problems with the Gambian authorities.
He said the main problems confronting them were the payment for and acquisition of identity cards and resident permits.
Nana Amoah said some Ghanaians had been living in that country since 1961 and were qualified under ECOWAS protocols to enjoy citizenship status, instead of being asked to pay for permit.
He called for the scraping of either the resident permits or identity cards.