Businessmen Urges Gov’t To Consider Reopening Land Borders

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The Executive Director of Nigeria Business Forum Ghana, Amb Oloye Fatuyi, has appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as a matter of urgency to open the country’s land borders to save people from hunger and starvation.

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He said the President should consider the present economic hardship around the world and open the borders for the sake of investors and businessmen who depend on the borders for their means of livelihood since the threat of the pandemic has reduced drastically in Ghana and Africa at large.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on March 22, 2020, announced the closure of the country’s land, sea and air borders as part of measures to reduce the importation of the dreaded coronavirus disease.

Amb. Oloye Fatuyi in a business meeting with some prospective investors over the weekend in Accra Ghana’s capital praised the President His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo and his health management team for their foresight and measures been put in place to protect the good people of Ghana and everyone resident in the country from the pandemic.

According to him, the majority of the people at the grassroots depend more on the land borders for their day-to-day survival adding that; communities around the borders towns are not booming as they used to be.

Amb. Oloye Fatuyi who is also the President of the Greater Accra Yoruba Community in Ghana reiterated the need for President Akufo-Addo to do the needful to give meaning to the resolution of the Economic Community of West African State, ECOWAS, to facilitate the free flow of persons, goods, and services across borders with member states.

“If the borders are open, relief will come to the people and at least the masses will be able to vend for themselves, while the government will have the rest of mind to face the larger issues affecting the nation”. He noted.

Amb. Oloye Fatuyi also pointed out that business activities at the borders contribute a lot to the economy of any country and believe if the borders are open, the state agencies there will generate some revenue into the government coffers and the pressure on Ghana’s cedis will reduce.

He lauded President Nana Addo for his quality leadership role as the Chairman of the ECOWAS and his role in making sure that good governance and democracy remain the hallmark in the sub-Saharan and the African continent as a whole.

The Executive Director of Nigeria Business Forum, Amb Okoye Fatuyi also praised the Secretary-General of the AfCETA His Excellency Wamkele Mene for his business and trade administrative prowess.

He, therefore, urged him to remain steadfast and resolute in the good cause of AfCETA aims with an emphasis on the reduction of tariffs and non-tariff barriers, the facilitation of free movement of people and labour, right of residence, right of establishment, and the investment in all the member states.

Amb Okoye Fatuyi urged the government of Ghana to help the foreigners who are in need, especially people looking for food to eat and a peaceful place to lay their head and also reduce the 120 Dollar charges for a non-citizen (Ghana card) which is renewable at the cost of 60 Dollars yearly.

By: Paul Mamattah

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