United States of America (USA) Ambassador to Ghana, Robert Jackson has announced that the U S Embassy issued 10,000 visas to legal migrants and tourists to travel to the States annually.
He advised Ghanaians to be honest in applying for visas and not to mislead the Embassy in their bid to acquire visas.
Mr Jackson was responding to an appeal made by Nana Asor Bosoma Nkrawire II, Chief of Sunyani when he and his delegation called on the Traditional Council in Sunyani as part of his working visit to the Brong Ahafo region.
The chief had earlier appealed to him to make US visa application systems flexible and to assist the country to create jobs to help prevent illegal migration in the country.
The Ambassador and his entourage also visited Newmont Ghana Company limited at Kenyasi in the region and would on Tuesday have discussions with the Brong Ahafo Regional minister and then proceed to Techiman to inspect some US government sponsored projects.
He would on Wednesday visit the University of Energy (UNER) in Sunyani.
He stated that the US government had provided one billion Cedis assistance to Ghana to invest in the area of Energy and other sectors to create more economic opportunities for the people to stay and work in the country.
Mr Jackson emphasised that the US government was prepared to assist Ghana in area of education, health and on various ways to strengthen the relations of the two countries.
Nana Nkrawire II, observed that a lot of the youth were leaving the country illegally in seeking for jobs since they do not want to enter into agricultural activities after school and urged the youth to stay in the country to support government’s development agenda.
He added that the youth, who stayed in the country had to resort to illegal activities such as; illegal mining, and illegal chain-saw operations to make a living.
He thanked the US government for assisting Ghana in diverse ways and hoped more grants would be provided in the establishment of factories especially at the rural areas to help solve the unemployment situation in the region and the nation in general.