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Let our goods enter Nigeria, yours are entering Ghana — Ghanaian minister pleads with FG over Border closure

Valentine Chinyem

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Ghana’s Foreign Minister and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, during her visit to the Nigerian High Commission on Tuesday, pleaded with Nigerian authorities to allow goods from Ghana enter Nigeria.

This became necessary following the closure of Nigeria’s western borders in order to curb the illegal entry of banned items.

According to Ghanaweb, She issued the plea during a meeting with Nigeria’s High Commission to Ghana, Olufemi Michael Abikoye.

Botchwey said that the Ghanaian government is ready open to more diplomatic means of getting the Nigerian government to reopen its western borders for the free flow of goods from Ghana to the subregion.

She said, “As we speak, Nigerian goods are entering Ghana without any problem and I think that we should find ways of isolating the issues and the countries that you have problems with so that Ghana’s exports can enter your market without being lumped up with all these issues that have emerged.”

It was reported that the border closure had affected the activities of the Ghana Union Traders Association, whose members were lamenting the huge losses they had incurred as a result of the border closure.

The Ghanaian minister said that truckloads of goods from Ghana have been detained at the Seme border between Benin and Nigeria for weeks and coming back to use the seaports would present a major problem as the traders have already lost millions within the last few weeks.

The Nigerian High Commissioner, Olufemi Abikoye, noted that Ghana is not the reason for the border closure but however, assured the visiting minister that Nigeria would be willing to collaborate with Ghana to find a lasting solution to the situation.

“At the end of it, we’re helping our economies”, he noted.