- Ghana has spoken out against the border closure by the federal government of Nigeria
- Ghana's minister of foreign affairs and regional integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, said that the order has cost her country a lot of financial loss
- Botchwey said that Ghana will use all diplomatic avenues to get Nigeria to reopen the closed borders
The minister of foreign affairs and regional integration in Ghana, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, has said that the West African nations will use diplomatic means to bring about the re-opening of all closed land borders in Nigeria.
In a meeting with Nigeria's high commissioner to Ghana, Olufemi Michael Abikoye, Botchwey, said that the border closure order of the federal government has prevented Ghanaian goods at Seme border from entering Nigeria, GhanaWeb reports.
She also said that appeals have been made to the federal government to reopen the border as seaport is an expensive alternative for exportation.
The minister said: “As we speak, Nigerian goods are entering Ghana without any problem and I think that we should find ways of isolating the issues and the countries that you have problems with so that Ghana’s exports can enter your market..."
Botchwey said that the total border closure has led to the serious loss of a lot of money for the Ghanaian economy.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the use of drones by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to monitor all land borders had been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The decision of the president, according to the NCS, was to tighten security along the border lines and discourage illicit movement of goods into Nigeria.
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