The government has secured the service of a specialist doctor to help identify the exhumed skeletons of six Ghanaians murdered in the Gambia.
The move is to enable the government to establish which families compensation should be paid to.
Disclosing this to the Times yesterday, Mr Kojo Wadee, Director of Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the payment of compensation forms part of the agreement reached with the Gambian government since the bodies were brought home a couple of months ago.
Mr Wadee explained that as a result of the long interval before the bodies were exhumed, the identity of the skeletons needed to be established.
That, he said, explained why the payment of compensation to the bereaved families had not yet commenced.
Mr Wadee said the problem was compounded by the fact that though the eyewitness who brought the issue out claimed many Ghanaians were killed investigation so far has not established any number beyond the six.
He said it is being assumed that since they were using Gambia as a transit point to travel north words to Europe, so might probably have made it.
“Until any other fact is made public to establish that more than the six were killed in the Gambia, we will go ahead to establish the identity of the six persons and pay the compensation to that families,” he said.
Mr Wadee said the Gambian government had accepted, in principle, to pay compensation to the six persons family as agreed on by both the United Nation and the ECOWAS fact finding mission to Gambia to verify the case.