The Nigerian High Commissioner, H.E Ibok Ekwe Ibas has stated that the Nigerian communities in Ghana have been given the assurance to adhere to the laws of the country in terms of trading issues.
According to the commissioner, the assurance came after several engagements upon his arrival in the country.
“They are committed to promoting the relationship between the two countries”.
The Commissioner with a delegation was at the Manhyia Palace to express their gratefulness for the fatherly manner used by Otumfuo in settling Ghana-Nigeria Trading issues.
“I have met with a section of the Nigerian communities and I’ve been told how you’ve managed to handle the matter with fatherly love.
“It is our desire to continue to relate with the people of Ghana on established principles of collaborations”, he said.
The commissioner went on to say that “I have advised all the leaders of the communities that they have a responsibility to ensure that the regulations of the government are followed and they have assured me of best behaviours, this is a commitment.
“Whoever goes against these laws will be sanctioned.”
The Asantehene congratulated His Excellency, saying that despite the trade challenges, the two countries have a personal bond that needs to be safeguarded.
He said local trading being reserved for Ghanaians only is an issue that needs to be attended to be opened for both parties.
“I also congratulate you on your appointment here, after 42 years of career in the army and service to Nigeria, now they deem it fit to bring you to Ghana to continue with your service.
“There were twists and turns in terms of trade, in terms of importing Nigerians from here but it didn’t break the brotherliness, as at now I see there’s a personal relationship.
“Trading only being reserved for Ghanaians, we may have to be looking at all that, fortunately, ECOWAS and African continental trade agreement, all these swills come to the fore for us to be able to work on because our brothers from Nigeria will also have to work, that’s a fact, they are now our children and we need to have a common ground and I will do anything within my power to smoothen the relationship.”
He made presentations to the commissioner as a sign of modesty.
Source: Opemsuo.com/ Monica M. Appiah-Manu