Nigeria closes its borders to Ghana goods - Minister laments

Nigeria closes its borders to Ghana goods - Minister laments

- Foreign Affairs Minister has urged Ghanaian traders to remain calm in the face of Nigeria closing its borders for trade

- Nigeria has closed its borders making it difficult for Ghanaian traders to export Non-Traditional products into the Nigerian markets

- Government says this is having an impact on regional trade and people-to-people contact

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Ghana's Foreign Affairs Ministry written to its Nigeria counterpart to get it to re-open its borders for the free flow of goods from Ghana. 

Nigeria closed its western borders in August 2019 as a measure to curb smuggling of goods, especially rice to help boost and grow the country's local production of the produce.

The Nigeria autority also opined that the move further aimed at stopping the movement of illicit weapons.

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But since the closure, trade within the West African sub-region has been affected, particularly traders from Ghana.

According to the Ghana Union Traders Association (GUTA) the closure of the Nigeria borders is causing its members to incur huge losses. 

GUTA subsequently petitioned the government to act on the mater. 

After a meeting with the Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr Olufemi Michael Abikoye on October 15, 2019, Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey called on the Nigerian government to take immediate steps to resolve the border issue.

As we speak, your goods (Nigerian goods) are entering Ghana without any problem and I think that we should find ways of isolating the issues and the country’s 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,” she appealed.

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She said 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 will be a major problem” because the traders have lost millions within the last few weeks.

The Nigerian High Commissioner said Abuja would be willing to collaborate with Ghana to find a lasting solution to the situation.

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