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 for their help in opening the country’s land borders.

According to him, traders and businesses who ply these land borders have been adversely affected by the closures, slowing down economic activities and the revenues governments generate from these borders.

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.

Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana appeals for re-opening of borders

He said the Government of Ghana can devise an effective means of ensuring that travellers using the countries’ land borders 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 was on the high side, 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 government through the Speaker to take a second look at it.

Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana appeals for re-opening of borders

On his part, the Speaker, Alban Bagbin assured the delegation of his commitment to see the 8th Parliament lives 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 socio-economic conditions of Africans.