Ghana’s ex-president asks Nigeria to open borders


Ghana’s former President John Mahama on Tuesday appealed to the Nigerian government to open its land borders closed since August in order to allow resuming economic activities in West Africa, local media reported.

“With the signing of the joint border task force agreement between Nigeria and her neighbors, I will like to take this opportunity to appeal to Nigeria to open up her border so that economic activities can resume,” Mahama was quoted as saying by the Nigerian News Agency at an event in Nigeria’s Lagos.

The closure was having a significant impact on several small and medium businesses, Mahama added.

The Nigerian authorities on Aug. 22, suddenly closed the the busy Seme and Idiroko borders with Benin.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said the border was closed to stop smuggled rice from entering the country.

This has raised the price of local rice available in the country.

Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.

AdvertisementThe new Emirates Premium Economy has arrived on the latest Emirates A380 Emirates Get the best value from your summer holiday with exclusive offers and discounts across Dubai and the UAE with Emirates Pass

What do you think?