The Governing administration of Ghana has commenced engagement with consignors and other suitable stakeholders, in a bid to assist the withdrawal of Ghanaian vehicles locked up at the border between Nigeria and Benin.
A authorities taskforce jointly led by a Deputy Minister each and every from the Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, has held a dialogue with the Ghanaian Exporters/Transporters who use that route to concur on the modus operandi to return the trucks residence.
In accordance to the assertion by federal government Tuesday, “Cabinet has authorised the recommendations by the Task Staff and asked for the suitable MDAs to expedite the evacuation of the 34 vans that were located to be carrying shipments originating from Ghana.”
This engagement arrives at the back of a cupboard directive that urgent motion should be taken to assist the withdrawal of the 34 vans stuck at the border.
Authorities as component of initiatives to permit resolution of the subject, despatched a delegation comprising of the Minister for Trade and Market, Alan Kyeremanteng Minister of International Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway and other officers from the Ministry of Trade and Sector, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, National Safety, Ghana Income Authority – Customs Division (GRA-CD), and Private Sector Reps.
They held bilateral talks with the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari as to how to productively withdraw these vans.
Even though funds ended up presented by the Govt for the payment
of all charges and prices accruing to the 34 vehicles and the guarantee of harmless
passage from the authorities in Benin to evacuate the trucks to Ghana, the governing administration
unsuccessful in its earlier attempt to withdraw the vehicles mainly because the appointed
brokers for the consignments refused to launch the documents on the vehicles for
processing, as they claimed they had guidance from the consignors not to
return the items to Ghana.
On August 21, 2019, the Seme-Krake border in between Nigeria and Benin was closed as aspect of a Nigerian border crackdown on the smuggling of items from Benin.
As a final result, Ghanaian traders and drivers could not access the Nigerian industry by way of this route.
In November past year, President Akufo-Addo intervened to donate a sum of 450,000 CFA (GH¢4,382) franc to Ghanaians drivers who were stranded at the border.