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I’ve not advised Canada to reduce visa issuances to Ghanaians-Nana Bediatuo Asante

The Executive Secretary to President Akufo-Addo, Nana Asante Bediatuo, has vehemently refuted reports that he recommended the Canadian Embassy lower the number of visas granted to Ghanaians, as several internet sites had lately claimed.

In a statement released on May 21, Bediatuo Asante’s lawyers said that the stories were untrue and that the public should ignore them.

The media that published the claims and widely disseminated them, and, were specifically mentioned by Bediatuo Asante’s lawyers, who charged the public with disdaining them.

Below is the full statement.

We act as Solicitors for Nana Bediatuo Asante, the Secretary to the President and write pursuant to his instructions.

Our Client’s attention has been drawn to a false online publication under the headline “Asante Bediatuo Advises Canadian Embassy to Reduce Visa Issuance Rate to Ghanaians” published on by Ohene Anochie dated Thursday, 16th May, 2024.

The said publication alleged that our Client; “has secretly advised the Canadian Embassy in Ghana to reduce the rate at which it issues visas to Ghanaian nationals. Bediatuo reportedly made the announcement at a secret meeting with H.E Christopher Thornley claiming Ghana is losing a lot of young vibrant workforce to other countries.”

The same false story has been re-published by Joshua Kwabena Smith on

We are instructed to inform the public that the publication referred to supra is palpably false and same should be disregarded and treated with the contempt it deserves.