November 25, 2019
A representative of Ghana’s delegation to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, Sampson Ahi has endorsed the appeal made by the Speaker H. E.  Moustapha Cisse Lo for the re-openning of the closed Nigeria border, in his open remarks of the second Ordinary Session in Abuja, Nigeria.

According to the Ghanaian lawmaker the closure has affected Ghanaian business men and women and has economic implications.

He further called on the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that the borders are opened for free flow of goods and service, as in the ECOWAS protocol.

Responding to a question in an interview on whether each state should not protect its national interest as far as its economy is concerned, he said, “it should be done diplomatically, you should first of all inform the member states of your move so that they prepare”.

He further emphasised that you cannot wake up one day and close your border, and pointed out that a visit to the Nigeria, Benin border would give a clear picture of thousand of trucks with their goods stranded at the  border.

“There should be engagement and consultation on this issue among member states, with the position of Nigeria in the whole regional integration process, Nigeria stands tall, so any steps taking without the cooperation of other member states has serious effects”.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/