In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 28th, August, 2020

FG Warns Ghana Over Incessant Harassment Of Nigerians

FG Warns Ghana Over Incessant Harassment Of Nigerians


Lai Mohammed

The Federal Authorities has warned Ghana towards additional harassment of Nigerians, noting that it could now not tolerate such act.

The federal government stated it was deeply involved by the incessant harassment of its residents in Ghana and the progressive acts of hostility in direction of the nation by Ghanaian authorities.

That is coming towards the backdrop of the imposition of $1 million commerce levy on Nigerian merchants in Ghana and the shut down of their enterprise premises by the Ghanaian authorities.

Ghana’s Ministry of Commerce had additionally given the merchants a 14-day ultimatum to pay the payment failing which it could shut their outlets.

However reacting to the event on Friday, the Minister of Info and Tradition, Lai Mohammed, stated the FG is urgently contemplating quite a lot of choices geared toward ameliorating the scenario.

He listed varied acts of hostility carried out towards Nigeria by Accra, together with the seizure of the Nigerian Mission’s property positioned at No. 10, Barnes highway, Accra, which had been used as diplomatic premises for nearly 50 years, stating that this was a breach of the Vienna Conference.

The minister additionally talked about the demolition of the Nigerian Mission’s property positioned at No. 19/21 Julius Nyerere Avenue, East Ridge, Accra, and the incessant deportation of Nigerians from Ghana, including that “825 Nigerians had been deported from Ghana between January 2018 and February 2019”.

Different hostile motion was the locking of over 300 Nigerians’ outlets for 4 months in Kumasi in 2018, together with the seal up of over 600 Nigerian outlets in 2019 and, at the moment, over 250 Nigerians outlets have been locked.

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Mohammed acknowledged, “The Federal Authorities will prefer to placed on file the truth that though, over a million Ghanaians are resident in Nigeria, they don’t seem to be being subjected to the sort of hostility being meted out to Nigerians in Ghana.

“Additionally, though, the principle cause given for the seizure of Federal Authorities property at No. 10, Barnes Highway in Accra is the non-renewal of the lease after expiration, the Ghanaian authorities didn’t give Nigeria the appropriate of first refusal or the discover to resume the lease.”

“Against this, the lease on a number of the properties occupied by the Ghanaian Mission in Nigeria has lengthy expired, but such properties haven’t been seized,” the minister stated.


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