President Nana Akufo-Addo has denied allegations that Nigerian merchants in Ghana are being maltreated by Ghanaian authorities.
The allegations are wrong, baseless, and an effort to damage diplomatic relations between Ghana and Nigeria, says Nana Akufo-Addo.
The President spoke at a meeting with Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives.
I was alarmed because if it was the feelings and attitudes of the Nigerian Federal Government, then we were in a very serious position. You must know that in Ghana, the Nigerian community is secure. They’re in the brothers’ house. Many of them have traded and done business here without any difficulty for decades, and the tradition of friendship and brotherhood will continue.
President Akufo-Addo commended both countries’ parliamentary leadership for meeting to find a permanent solution to the tussle.
He also said it would be a smart idea to create a joint ministerial committee for ministers on both sides to be responsible for shepherding the Ghanaian-Nigerian problems and reporting to both presidents anytime matters arise.
The idea of legislation endorsing the Ghana-Nigeria Business Council, which will regulate trade and investment issues between our two nations, is long overdue. It’s activities that create organisations, and it’s time to do it,’ he said.
The Government of Ghana has received a stern notice from the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Nigeria, saying that it would no longer tolerate any sort of alleged intimidation of its citizens living in Ghana.
The government of Nigeria maintains that its people have undergone a string of “progressive acts of hostility” supposedly put on them by the Ghanaian authorities over time.
The Nigerian government is profoundly concerned and will no longer accept the incessant persecution of its people in Ghana and the progressive acts of aggression by the Ghanaian authorities towards the region. In this regard, a range of options aimed at ameliorating the situation are urgently considered by the Federal Government, a statement from the country’s authorities noted.
Subsequently, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila of the Nigerian House of Representatives concluded a two-day visit to the Parliament of Ghana by a high-powered Nigerian delegation.
Following the adoption of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre Act 2013, Act 865, they all held talks on issues related to relations between the two countries.
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