THE debate surrounding foreign trade policies in Ghana have brought a new wave among Nigerians in Ghana to rethink and revitalize their activities, to ensure sanity in their businesses, Mr. Emmanuel Okeson, Chairman of the Nigerian Community Board of Trustees, has said.
At a news conference in Accra, Mr. Okeson hinted that from July 23 to August 4, a massive registration of Nigerians in Ghana will begin in the Greater Accra Region.
This activity, he said, is meant to enable the community to formulate a strategic plan for Nigerian investments in Ghana including those in trade.
Mr. Okeson further said the registration of the Nigerians will help them compile a database of Nigerian traders in Ghana to enable them to identify and assist those who are yet to regularize their businesses.
He revealed that this would be done in conjunction with Ghana’s Ministry of Trade and Tourism and, therefore, urged all Nigerians in Ghana to turn up massively to ensure the success of the exercise.
According to him, this can also help them as a community to set up an Endowment Fund to support research activities, to sponsor students in tertiary schools who distinguished themselves in their academic career.
Mr. Okeson said no nation can develop without education, while development without research can also not be feasible.
He also expressed his gratitude to the Nigerian Embassy in Ghana for their relentless efforts towards giving a sense of belonging to Nigerians in Ghana.
Mr. Okeson stated that the Nigerian Community in Ghana is setting up a task force to liaise with the law enforcement agencies to ensure that its citizens in the country were on the right path with the law.
The implementation of such policies, he said, meant that any of its citizens who come or will come to Ghana to dent the image of Nigeria by engaging in illegal activities will be exposed and decisively dealt with according to the laws of the land.
Mr. Okeson used the occasion to assure the government and the people of Ghana of their support for the “Better Ghana” agenda.