Senate Issues Order To Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Over Nigerians In Ghana | DETAILS

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Senate Issues Order To Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Over Nigerians In Ghana | DETAILS

By Nancy Okafor:

The Nigerian Senate has urged the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs to liaise with the Ghanaian Government to strengthen bilateral relations between both countries to prevent the maltreatment of Nigerians entering Ghana.

This was contained in the recommendations of the chamber after it considered a report by the Joint Committee on Health (Secondary and Tertiary); Primary Health and Communicable Diseases; and Foreign Affairs.

The report was on the Motion on “The Urgent Need To Conduct Investigation On The Allegation of Fake COVID-19 Test Result Being Used To Defraud Nigerians In Ghana; And The Obtainment Of Fake Covid-19 Vaccination Cards.

Chairman of the Joint Committee, Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe, in his presentation, recalled that the investigation was necessitated by allegations that the Ghanaian authorities diagnosed Nigerians who travelled to their country of testing positive for Covid-19 even after testing negative in Nigeria.

Senator Yahaya

He said it was alleged further that Nigerian travelers to the country were committed to isolation for two weeks at N70,000 (NGN) equivalent daily, an amount running into millions of naira.

He disclosed that investigations showed that Nigerians were possibly exploited at the Ghana International Airport going by explanations by the Presidential Steering Committee on Covid-19.

The Senate, in its resolutions, urged the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs to liaise with the Ghanaian Government to strengthen bilateral relations that will prevent a re-occurrence of any I’ll-treatment of Nigerians entering Ghana.

The Upper Chairman also urged the Presidential Committee on Covid-19 to continuously update its travel Protocols/Advisory as the epidemiology of the disease changes, and also promptly brief Nigerians on these changes.

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