By Chinenye Festus:-
The Chief executive officer of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Mrs. Abike Dabiri Erewa on Monday while speaking on a regular TV program aired on Channels Television, sunrise daily said that three federal ministries have been mapped out to respond to the closure of shops belonging to Nigerians in Ghana.
This feud that exists between Nigerian traders and the Ghanaian government has been on for quite a while despite all attempts from both governments to resolve this issue and continue enjoying the mutual relationships that have been in existence since time immemorial.
The ministries include Foreign Affairs, Interior, and Trade and Investment. And this intervention comes after 753 Nigerian traders signed a document asking the federal government to help them return to Nigeria since it’s taking the Nigerian Government forever to resolve the issue.
“The delegation is in Nigeria to tell the government that they want to return,” Ms. Dabiri-Erewa said. “And 753 actually signed the document that says they want to return to Nigeria.
“So with this request from them, what is going on now is that the three ministers involved will have been some engagement with them to see what actually should be the next thing.
“Now you’ve said you want to come to your country, so there should be no problem about that. They are Nigerians and we are proud of them and glad to return them home.
“But they must return to something meaningful. Like one of them said to me when they came to NIDCOM office, a lot of them have been there for over 25 years; so just uprooting yourself for not committing any crime – the only crime they’ve committed is that they are very good at their trade, at their jobs.”
The NIDCOM Boss stated that President Muhammadu Buhari has been briefed on this issue and she gave the assurance that he is on top of the situation but was skeptical about the shops being opened before the Ghanaian elections are held in December.
“Let’s face it, the President of Ghana will not want to go against his own citizens,” she said. “And the majority of the Ghanaian traders have said ‘we don’t want them’. So after the elections, maybe they will now open. But they will close again. So they can’t be pawns in a game of chess in Ghana.”
Let’s hope something tangible is done this time around to help these Nigerian traders in Ghana.
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