Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey (ideal) with Olufemi Michael Abikoye
The Minister made the call all through a conference on Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019, with the Nigerian Large Commissioner to Ghana, Olufemi Michael Abikoye.
She has also assured the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) that the Ghanaian Federal government would use all diplomatic avenues to get the federal government of Nigeria to re-open its western borders for the totally free stream of goods from Ghana to the sub-region.
Nigeria partially shut its borders with Benin in August this yr to control the spate of rice smuggling which Africa’s most populous place reported is threatening its try to boost community production.
The go, states Nigeria’s High Fee to Ghana, aimed at stopping the movement of illicit weapons and other smuggled products as a result of the several entry details.
The closure even so, has afflicted the motion of merchandise and services from the West African sub-region into Nigeria through that section of the country’s border, a predicament GUTA observed, was creating its customers to incur big losses.
It would be recalled that GUTA petitioned government and recently Madam Ayorkor Botchwey to act on the subject.
After a conference with the Nigerian Higher Commissioner to Ghana, on 15 October 2019, Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey named on the Nigerian authorities to acquire immediate measures to resolve the border challenge.
“As we converse, Nigerian products are entering Ghana without having any trouble and I believe that we should really obtain means of isolating the concerns and the country’s that you have challenges with so that Ghana’s exports can enter your marketplace with no staying lumped up with all these concerns that have emerged,” she appealed.
She said truckloads of items from Ghana have been detained at the Seme border concerning Benin and Nigeria for weeks and coming back to use the seaports will be a key difficulty as the traders have currently misplaced tens of millions within the previous few months.
The Nigerian Higher Commissioner reported Abuja would be inclined to collaborate with Ghana to obtain a lasting remedy to the situation.
“At the finish of it, we’re helping our economies. The smuggling will cease and the emerging concerns set on the system and at the close of it, all of us will be incredibly happy”, he famous.
According to the High Commissioner, “the sub-region will be happy and Nigeria will be ready to produce work and I recognize you Your Excellency for calling for this conference, it really exhibits your diplomacy at the best degree and what ever the worries with respect to Ghanaian merchandise that are trapped at the border, we shall convey to Nigeria,” he observed.
He produced clear that Ghana was not the goal for the momentary closure of the borders.
Meanwhile, the envoy pledged his country’s commitment to uncover a long lasting remedy to the make a difference next the placing up of a joint activity pressure constituting Customs, Immigration and other stability bodies for the broader advantage of the ECOWAS Sub area.
BY Melvin Tarlue