753 Nigerian Traders In Ghana Meet NiDCOM Boss, Ask To Be Evacuated
Nigerians living and working in Ghana under the auspices of Nigerian Union of Traders Association in Ghana, (NUTAG) have presented a Save-Our-Soul Letter requesting to be evacuated from Ghana.
NiDCOM in a statement issued on Wednesday by Gabriel Odu of its Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit, said the SOS Letter was presented to Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa in Abuja.
The delegation was led by President, National Association of Nigerian Traders, (NANTS) Dr Ken Ukoaha alongside the President of Nigerian Union of Traders Association in Ghana (NUTAG) and other members of the Association.
Their request is among others to secure a peaceful and secure evacuation
of Nigerians in Ghana back home to Nigeria.
The letter has names of 753 members who signed to be supported to return home.
They explained that the evacuation has become necessary because of the
constant and consistent harassment, intimidation, torture and threat to
life as well as a total lockdown of their means of livelihood, as their
shops have been locked for almost one year by the Ghanaian Authorities.
More so, since all diplomatic niceties at the highest level between Nigeria and Ghana have not yielded positive results, they are left with no choice than to ask for evacuation. “Now, landlords are coming to ask us for rent . How do we pay with our shops locked up for so long . We
are dying here”, they lamented .
However, the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Hon Abike
Dabiri-Erewa once again called for peace, stressing that all relevant Stakeholders will continually be engaged.
She said it is indeed sad that their Shops have not been reopened for almost one year, citing draconian conditions which are against ECOWAS Protocols of Free Trade and movement of goods and services.
The NIDCOM Boss however, pleaded again with the Traders not to allow
tempers rise as she will convey their message for support to relocate
back home to the appropriate authorities for further consideration and to speed up the process with strategic Ministries and Agencies to bring a lasting solution to the issues.
Mrs Dabiri-Erewa also said Nigeria
will not hesitate to gladly and safely welcome her Citizens back to the