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COVID-19: Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana appeals for reopening of land borders

The Ag. Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, Gambo Yusuf Hamza, has made a passionate appeal to the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon Alban S. K. Bagbin, and the Parliament of Ghana to intervene in order to have the country’s land boarders re-opened.

He said traders and businesses who ply these land boarders have had their businesses adversely affected by the closures and this has slowed down economic activities and the revenues governments generate from these boarders.

The Ag. High Commissioner made the appeal when he led a delegation to pay a courtesy call on the Speaker in Parliament to discuss issues of mutual cooperation between the two countries.

He said the Government of Ghana can device an effective means of ensuring that travelers using the countries’ land boarders adhere strictly to the protocols put in place to check the spread of the COVID-19 virus while ensuring that economic activities are not halted.

Ambassador Gambo further called for a review of the amount charged for renewal of residence permits which he said has been on the high, making it difficult for a lot of Nigerians resident in the country to afford and pay promptly.

According to him, even those who can afford it complain about delays in the processing of renewal permits and appealed to the Speaker to intercede for the government to take a second look at it.

For his part, the Speaker, Alban S.K. Bagbin, assured the delegation of his commitment to see the 8th Parliament live up to expectation.

He added that the many artificial borders created by our colonial masters must not serve as an impediment to sub-regional integration.

Speaker Bagbin therefore urged African leaders to rise up to the challenges confronting the continent and implement solutions that will improve the socioeconomic conditions of Africans.

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