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Presidency extends Border closure to 2020, Ghana calls on ECOWAS to engage Nigeria

Presidency extends Border closure to 2020, Ghana calls on ECOWAS to engage Nigeria

Doris Ukaonu

Ghana’s Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has disclosed that Nigeria’s border closure poses a negative impact on Ghanaian traders.

In an interview with journalists on November 4, the Minister beckoned the intervention of the Economic Community of

West African States (ECOWAS) to engage Nigeria on the issue.

Oppong who termed the situation as “terrible one” said that a delegation has been sent to discuss with the Ghanian traders whose goods were locked up following Nigeria’s decision to close its borders on August 21.

He mentioned that Ghana and Nigeria’s cabinet will be meeting on November 8 and 9 during the next ECOWAS summit to discuss a way forward. 

“It is very important for ECOWAS as a bloc to engage Nigeria on the closure of the borders because moves like this have a way of negatively impacting the West African Economic Integration project,” he said.

Meanwhile, in a memo released on Sunday, November 3rd by the Deputy Comptroller of Customs in charge of Enforcement, Investigation, and Inspectorate, it states that the border will remain closed till January 2020 because some strategic objectives are yet to be achieved.

The memo with reference number NCS/ENF/ABJ/221/S.45, and marked “Restricted” was dated November 1, 2019. It was appended by President Muhammadu Buhari

The memo reads in part, “I am directed to inform you that it is observed that despite the overwhelming success of the operation, particularly the security and economic benefits to the nation, a few strategic objectives are yet to be achieved.

“Against this background, Mr. President has approved the extension of the exercise to January 31, 2020.

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“Consequently, you are requested to convey the development to all personnel for their awareness and guidance.

“Meanwhile, allowance for personnel sustenance and fuelling of vehicles for the period of extension will be paid as soon as possible.

“This is for your information and necessary action, please.”

 

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