The Governing administration of Ghana has commenced engagement with consignors and other applicable stakeholders, in a bid to support the evacuation of Ghanaian vehicles locked up at the border in between Nigeria and Benin.
A government taskforce jointly led by a Deputy Minister each from the Ministry of Trade and Business and Ministry of Overseas Affairs and Regional Integration, has held a dialogue with the Ghanaian Exporters/Transporters who use that route to agree on the modus operandi to return the vans home.
According to the assertion by governing administration Tuesday, “Cabinet has authorised the tips by the Endeavor Staff and asked for the suitable MDAs to expedite the evacuation of the 34 vans that were being observed to be carrying shipments originating from Ghana.”
This engagement arrives at the back again of a cupboard directive that urgent motion need to be taken to assistance the withdrawal of the 34 vehicles caught at the border.
Government as aspect of efforts to allow resolution of the make any difference, sent a delegation comprising of the Minister for Trade and Sector, Alan Kyeremanteng Minister of Overseas Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway and other officers from the Ministry of Trade and Market, Ministry of Overseas Affairs and Regional Integration, Countrywide Security, Ghana Profits Authority – Customs Division (GRA-CD), and Non-public Sector Representatives.
They held bilateral talks with the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari as to how to efficiently withdraw these vehicles.
However money have been offered by the Government for the payment
of all service fees and charges accruing to the 34 vehicles and the warranty of safe and sound
passage from the authorities in Benin to evacuate the vans to Ghana, the federal government
failed in its former attempt to withdraw the vehicles simply because the appointed
agents for the consignments refused to launch the files on the vans for
processing, as they claimed they had instructions from the consignors not to
return the products to Ghana.
On August 21, 2019, the Seme-Krake border in between Nigeria and Benin was closed as part of a Nigerian border crackdown on the smuggling of goods from Benin.
As a outcome, Ghanaian traders and motorists could not entry the Nigerian sector as a result of this route.
In November last yr, President Akufo-Addo intervened to donate a sum of 450,000 CFA (GH¢4,382) franc to Ghanaians motorists who were stranded at the border.