- Femi Gbajabiamila is opening up following his diplomatic mission to Ghana
- The speaker of the House of Representatives called on Ghanaian and Nigerian leaders to be careful with their utterances
- Gbajabiamila noted that the escalated tension between the two countries is not a thing of pride
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Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker of the House of Representatives, has warned both Nigerian and Ghanaian leaders against utterances that can escalate tension between the two countries.
According to The Nation, Gbajabiamila gave the note of caution in the wake of the harassment Nigerian traders faced in Ghana following the $1 million capital base levy on their businesses.
The lawmaker went on to note that the escalation of tension among Nigerian and Ghanaian citizens is not a thing of pride to either side.
Gbajabiamila also urged leaders to ensure that their actions and statements reported in the media do not escalate the tension.
However, Alan Kyeremateng, the Ghanaian minister of trade and industry, on his part insisted that Nigerians doing business in the country must obey the trade rules of their host nation.
The minister noted that it would be out of place for foreigners to be exempted from laws Ghanaians obey.
Speaking on the incident where some shops were locked up, Kyeremateng said the move must have been necessary where there was a clear abuse of the application of laws.
He added there are many Ghanaians and Nigerians doing lawful businesses without difficulties.
Recall that the speaker of the House of Representatives arrived in Ghana to resolve the issues arising from the $1m levy imposed by the country on traders from Nigeria.
Gbajabiamila announced his arrival via his Twitter account on Wednesday, September 2. The Nigerian lawmaker was received by the speaker of the Ghanian Parliament, Prof Mike Oquaye, on his arrival.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian government has called on Ghana to review its Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) Act 2013 (Act 865) that demands a capital of $1 million for businesses owned by foreigners, including Nigerians.
Gbajabiamila made this call to the gold coast during his diplomatic meeting with his Ghanaian counterpart, Oquaye, in Accra on Thursday, September 3.
Promising that Nigeria will improve bilateral trade relations with Ghana, Gbajabiamila maintained that the downward review of this fixed amount will go a long way to foster this business relationship.
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