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Foreign Trade: Ghana Needs Nigeria More Than They Need Us – Ghana Minister


Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Carlos Ahenkorah, has revealed the extent at which the country relies on Nigeria.

According
to him, when it comes to trade and other economic balances, Ghana needs
Nigeria more than ever, so putting in place countermeasures against
Nigeria would not be the best solution to solving the border closure.

“The
best way to solve this problem is not to pay Nigeria back or have some
countermeasure, but coach them into understanding that look, hey we are
all losing, and we need you, we need each other. But I can tell you
without blinking an eye that economically, trade wise, we need Nigeria
more than they need us,” he said this while speaking on JoyNews’ PM
Express show.

In his view, a country such as Nigeria cannot be bluffed in as much as they are a better recipient of our products.

“If
our gargantuan transformation agenda is going to work, we need markets
to offload our products. This off-takers cannot be blocked.”

Several
African countries have expressed their displeasure and disappointment
in the Nigerian government following the country’s border closure.

Among them is the government of Ghana as well as its trade unions who are calling on the ECOWAS committee to intervene.

They say this closure has caused several businesses and companies to dwindle in its short time.

The
Nigerian government in its response indicates that the closure was
carried out in other to halt the smuggling of drugs, fake goods and
contraband into the country.

Reports show that since the closure
began, there have been a major bust of goods, including ammunition,
which were being smuggled into the However, the Ghana Union of Trade
Association has lamented over the Nigerian authorities’ radical move to
close its borders calling it a deliberate attempt to benefit the country
economically and not curb criminal activities.

“Nigeria
recognizes that it is not been bound by any protocol that is signed. It
also showed that the ECOWAS protocol that we here adore so much is not
sycophant…Nigeria is showing the way that we have to clear the mess that
the ECOWAS protocol has brought to bear.” President of the Association,
Joseph Obeng has said.

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Last Updated: October 23, 2019

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