The Minority caucus in Parliament has called on the Akufo-Addo led government to take immediate steps to reopen Ghana’s land borders.
According to the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, there can be no justification for the continued closure of the borders as everything seems to be going back to normalcy coupled with a sharp decline in COVID-19 cases.
President Akufo-Addo first announced the closure of the country’s land, sea and air borders as part of measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the country with the exception of cargo.
Since then, several of those restrictions have been eased including the closure of the Kotoka International Airport as well as the sea borders.
But the land borders continue to be closed with its attendant challenges culminating in residents of Elubo and Aflao demanding the reopening of the entry points so they can engage in commercial activities since the closure has affected their livelihoods.
Addressing the media in Parliament today, March 15, 2022, Mr Iddrisu urged President Akufo-Addo, as Chairperson of ECOWAS to facilitate the free flow of persons, goods and services within the ECOWAS and the rest of the world.
“Post-Covid, we are not out of the woods yet but we want to see a return to normalcy with the movement of goods and services to our borders and, therefore, whatever proactive measures government needs to take, there can be no justification for the continued closure of Ghana’s land borders.”
“As a minority, our primary concern is to call on the president as chair of ECOWAS to do that which is needful to give meaning to the resolution he so chaired for ECOWAS to pass to allow and facilitate the free movement of goods and services between us, our neighbours and the rest of the world,” he added.