The Nigeria Govt has mentioned it’s going to now not tolerate harassment of its voters in Ghana.
Minister of Data and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, mentioned this in a commentary he in my view signed and made to be had to DAILY POST on Friday.
He mentioned the federal government is deeply involved over the incessant harassment of Nigerian voters in Ghana and the modern acts of hostility against the rustic by means of Ghanaian government, “and can now not tolerate such.”
He mentioned the government is urgently making an allowance for a variety of choices aimed toward ameliorating the location.
In line with the Minister, “The Federal Govt has been documenting the acts of hostility against Nigeria and Nigerians by means of the Ghanaian government. Those come with Seizure of the Nigerian Challenge’s assets situated at No. 10, Barnes Street, Accra, which the Nigerian Govt has used as diplomatic premises for nearly 50 years. This motion is a major breach of the Vienna Conference.
Demolition of the Nigerian Challenge’s assets situated at No. 19/21 Julius Nyerere Boulevard, East Ridge, Accra, some other severe breach of the Vienna Conference.
Competitive and relentless deportation of Nigerians from Ghana. Between Jan. 2018 and Feb. 2019, 825 Nigerians have been deported from Ghana.
Closure of retail outlets belonging to Nigerians. Over 300 Nigerians retail outlets have been locked for 4 months in Kumasi in 2018; over 600 Nigerian retail outlets have been locked in 2019 and recently, over 250 Nigerians retail outlets were locked.
Residency allow necessities, for which the Ghana Immigration Provider has positioned massive charges, a ways upper than the charges charged by means of the Nigerian Immigration Provider. Those come with the obligatory Non-citizen ID card (US$120, and US$60 for annually renewal); Clinical examinations, together with for COVID-19 which is newly-introduced, at about US$120), and fee for a residency allow (US$400 in comparison to the N7,000 being paid by means of Ghanaians for residency card in Nigeria) and outrageous conditions within the Ghana Funding Promotion Centre Act.
When the Act used to be first of all promulgated in 1994, a foreigner used to be required to speculate no less than US$300,000 by the use of fairness capital and likewise make use of 10 Ghanaians. This Act has now been amended two times, with the
2018 GIPC Act elevating the minimal capital base for foreign-owned companies to US$1m.
Regardless that centered at foreigners, it sort of feels GIPC’s definition of foreigners is Nigerians. The GIPC Act additionally negates the ECOWAS Protocol.
“The adverse reportage of problems relating to Nigerians resident in Ghana by means of the Ghanaian media is fuelling an rising xenophobic perspective against Nigerian investors and Nigerians on the whole. The rapid fallout is the incessant harassment and arrest of Nigerian investors and closure in their retail outlets.
“Harsh and openly-biased judicial trial and pronouncement of indiscriminately-long prison phrases for convicted Nigerians. There are recently over 200 Nigerians within the Nsawam Most jail in Ghana
“The Federal Govt will like to position on report the truth that although over 1 million Ghanaians are resident in Nigeria, they don’t seem to be being subjected to the type of hostility being meted out to Nigerians in Ghana.
“Additionally, Even if the principle explanation why given for the seizure of Federal Govt assets at No. 10, Barnes Street in Accra is the non-renewal of rent after expiration, the Ghanaian government didn’t give Nigeria the proper of first refusal or the awareness to resume the rent. Against this, the rent on one of the most homes occupied by means of the Ghanaian Challenge in Nigeria has lengthy expired, but such homes have now not been seized.
“Nigeria has time after time demonstrated its constancy to the lengthy cordial family members with Ghana. However indications, particularly in recent years, are that Nigeria’s stance is now being taken as a right and its voters being made objectives of harassment and gadgets of ridicule. This may now not be tolerated below any guise.
“Within the period in-between, the Federal Govt needs to attraction to its voters resident in Ghana to stay law-abiding and keep away from enticing in self-help, regardless of their ordeal”