Ghanaian authorities have responded to several allegations made last Friday by Nigerian information minister Lai Mohammed, over the treatment of Nigerian citizens in the West African nation.
Nigeria had last Friday accused Ghana of deliberately victimising her citizens their country.
The Nigerian minister, according to reports in premiumtimesng.com, listed the closure of shops belonging to Nigerians and other cases of harassment
In a detailed response issued by the Ghanaian information minister, Kojo Nkrumah, the country said it remains committed to the maintenance of warm relations with all sister nations including Nigeria.
“Ghana finds it imperative, however, from the onset, to state, for the public record, that the outline of issues by my Nigerian counterpart is not reflective of the developments in Ghana. Any protests, decisions or actions based on these reports will, thus, be unjustified.”
On the alleged seizure of the Nigerian Mission’s property, Mr Nkrumah said: “The Government of Ghana was not involved in the transaction and has not seized the property in question.”
“This statement is not factual. A search at the Lands Commission indicated that the Nigerian High Commission failed to complete the documentation process after paying for the land in the year 2000 A.D. The High Commission failed to acquire the Lease and Land Title Certificate, which constitute documentation for the said property, as well as a building permit for construction. In Ghana, the land is owned not only by the Government but also by Stools and Families. The demolition of the property was not carried out by agents of the Ghanaian Government, but by agents of the Osu Stool.”
On the issue of incessant deportation of Nigeria, the minister claimed, “This statement is not factual. In 2019, seven hundred (700) Nigerians, who were found to have been involved in criminal activities such as fraud, prostitution, armed robbery etc., were deported.”
On the exorbitant fee for the residency permit, Mr Nkrumah indicated that all foreigners, who apply for the permit in Ghana, pay the same fees as stated above and that they are not specific to Nigerians only.
“The closure of shops was as a result of infractions on Ghanaian laws. Even then, those affected who are not only Nigerians, have been given ample time to regularise their documents. Furthermore, no Nigerian-owned shops are currently closed,” he stated.