TVC N. The Nigerian house of representatives committee on diaspora matters yesterday, October 31, made threats to drag the Ghanaian government before the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), court for compelling Nigerian businessmen to have a minimum of $1 million each to qualify to do business in the country.
Going further the representatives have also concluded plans to hold public hearing where the Ghanian Embassy in Nigeria would explain the reason for subjecting Nigerians in Ghana to pay fees in US dollars instead of the country’s official currency of Cedi.
The query will also include why Nigerian citizens in Ghana are being asked to pay $120 for non resident card and another huge sum to process resident permit. Report says, Seidu Franklyn a Nigerian resident in Ghana, from Etsako North local government area of Edo state, was allegedly duped by a Lebanese operating in Ghana.Seidu subsequently petitioned the diaspora matters committee led by Rita Orji for intervention.
The Nigerian, who trades in charcoal processed at Iseyin, Oyo State, and exported through Apapa port to Dubai and Lebanon, lamented that a Lebanese buyer residing in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, had absconded since June, 2016, after being supplied with a 40ft container of charcoal valued at $13,650.00.
In the process he also informed the committee that the Ghanian government was subjecting over two million Nigerians to untold hardship with hostile policies, despite their relations through ECOWAS.