The Chairman, Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has said that, it is painful that engagements with the Ghanaian authorities on the issue of Nigerian traders in the country have not achieved the desired results.
Ms. Dabiri-Erewa, who revealed that two affected Nigerian traders attempted suicide recently, noted that the issue has impacted negatively on the finances and psychological state of many of the Nigerian traders, which has also led to suicide in at least one case.
“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,” she said.
Hundreds of shops belonging to Nigerians have been closed in Ghana, prompting calls from some of the traders to be repatriated back home.
The Nigerian Government has intervened in the matter previously. In September, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, visited Ghana and met with the Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo.
However, on Monday, Dabiri-Erewa, while being interviewed on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, said Ghana’s treatment of Nigerian traders was based on a complex of not being able to compete.
She also said the issue has been going on for years, long before Nigeria decided to close its borders.
Speaking on their returning to Nigeria, The NIDCOM Chairman said, “the delegation is in Nigeria to tell the government that they want to return,” she said. “And 753 actually signed the document that says they want to return to Nigeria.
Meanwhile, three federal ministries; Foreign Affairs, Interior, and Trade and Investment ministries, will be responding to the issue this week.