The Chairman, Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has said it is sad that the Ghanaian and the Nigerian authorities’ agreement in addressing the Nigerian traders in Ghana’s predicament are of negative results.
She stressed that two of the affected Nigerian traders attempted suicide but currently undergoing therapy.
Dabiri-Erewa disclosed that the Ghanaian presidential election of December 7, 2020, must come and go before tangible agreements were reached.
She said, “Elections are coming. You know there is something political about this. Let’s face it. The President of Ghana will not want to go against his own citizens and majority of the Ghanaian traders have said we don’t want them (Nigerian traders).
“Don’t let us deceive ourselves, nothing will happen before December 7,” she said, adding, “There is nothing ECOWAS can achieve before the election. Election must be won or lost.”
Dabiri-Erewa said the evacuation of the traders would come at psychological, economic and social cost while expressing optimism that the bilateral dispute would be resolved.
“We don’t have a problem at the government level; we have a problem at the people level. The government of Ghana has willingly said, ‘Open these shops’ but the people are complying.
“I hope you know that three years ago, a Nigerian lady committed suicide. And as I speak with you, another two are on the verge of suicide but they are going through some kind of counselling with the message of hope that things will be better.
“As at today, it’s been over one year. Now, they have to pay rent for their shops, they don’t have money for rent. How can you pay rent when your shop has been closed forever?”
This is happening against the backdrop of the imposition of $1m business equity on non-Ghanaians as well as other conditions.