The trade dispute between Nigerian traders and the Ghanaian authorities is seemingly reaching a resolution following the intervention of Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila whose visit to Ghana made a positive impact.
It is as a result of this that the Nigeria-Ghana Business Council and the Nigeria Union of Traders Association Ghana (NUTAG) have commended him for harkening to the cries of Nigerian traders in Ghana.
In a letter of appreciation and commendation advanced to him, the Council stipulated that his trip brought about the highest involvement of both governments in the dispute that has been ongoing since 2007.
It goes on to say that his proposals and presentations have given rise to two very vital solutions to the problem; which are, the review of the GIPC Act demanding $1,000,000 deposit for foreign investors in Ghana as it concerns Nigerians and the promotion of the Nigeria-Ghana Business Council backed by legislation to superintend on trade and business issues between the two countries.
The Council also stated in the letter that it supports the formation of the council and it is willing to work with his team to ensure a successful emergence of a government-backed Business Council. In fact, the proposal itself aligns with the Council’s objectives and activities.
On the other hand, NUTAG also sent a letter to Hon. Gbajabiamila through its President, Chief Chukwuemeka Nnaji. The body also commended him stating that his visit and engagement with the Ghanaian authorities were timely and a right step in the right direction.
With Nigerians still having their businesses shut down, Chief Nnaji appealed to the Nigerian Government to engage with the Ghanaian Government to reopen the aforementioned shops pending an enduring solution to the impasse.
However, he expressed gratitude towards Hon. Gbajabiamila and his entourage for visiting Ghana. Lauding the President, Muhammadu Buhari, he said that the move shows that the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has all Nigerian citizens very close at heart, both at home and abroad.
He also stated that he is optimistic that the visit will yield a positive result consequently ending their woes at the hands of the Ghanaian authorities.