Nigerians living and working in Ghana under the auspices of Nigerian Union of Traders Association in Ghana, (NUTAG) have asked to be evacuated from Ghana.
The appeal was contained in Save-Our-Soul Letter requesting to be evacuated from Ghana presented to Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa in Abuja.
A statement by Gabriel Odu of the press and public realtions Unit of NIDCOM states 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.
According to Odu, 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.
He further states 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 Odu reports, 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 Country.