Nigeria’s West African neighbour, Ghana, has again begged the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to rescind its decision on the closure of the country’s land border as the effect of the border closure bites harder for Ghana and other West African neighbours.
Reports say that Charles Owiredu, Ghana’s deputy minister of foreign affairs, made the plea when he met with Ambassador Zubairu Dada in charge of foreign affairs in Nigeria.
It was learnt that at the meeting, the Ghanaian and Nigerian officials discussed strategies to ease the challenges faced by Ghana over the border closure by Nigeria.
The Ghanaian minister said the meeting was a follow-up to the previous one held with Nigeria and argued that the policy by Buhari’s government went against the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) protocol of free movement of goods.
But the Nigerian minister of state told the Ghanaian delegation that their country was not the target of the border closure.
He explained that the decision of the federal government to close the borders was to discourage the movement of illicit goods into the country.
He also said the government’s action was temporary. He also said the government took the decision to tackle the nation’s insecurity.
“The meeting agreed that in order to address the concerns raised by the Republic of Ghana, a census of vehicles coming into Nigeria from Ghana will be conducted to ascertain facts and collectively device means of giving them access into the country,” a statement from Dada’s office read.