The Ghanaian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Rashid Bawa has debunked the rumor that the Ghanian government is harassing Nigerian citizens coming into the country with regard to COVID-19 Testing Procedures.

Rashid Bawa spoke on the allegation when he visited Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission NIDCOM in Abuja.

From left: Ghana High Commissioner to Nigeria, Amb. Rashid Bawa and Chairman, Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, during her visit to the High Commission in Abuja on Thursday, June 20, 2019. ((Johnson Udeani /NAN)

Rashid Bawa pointed out that while the COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test is mandatory, Ghana will not maliciously produce COVID-19 positive test results for visitors, especially Nigerians visiting Ghana.

The Ghanaian envoy also expressed concern about the increasing number of underaged Nigerian girls being trafficked to Ghana, stressing that everything should be done to prosecute the syndicate behind such a dastardly act.

The High Commissioner acknowledged that both countries in recent times have experienced some challenges, despite the long bilateral relationship between them.

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One of such is the growing tension concerning Nigerian Traders in Ghana, which according to the Ghanaian High Commissioner, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been reached between the Ministers of Trade in Ghana and Nigeria. Also, a Joint Task Force was set up to further monitor the situation.

Furthermore, Mr Bawa stated that both countries will stop at nothing to fish out perpetrators of cybercrimes and syndicates trafficking Nigerian female minors from Nigeria to Ghana, for prostitution.

He commended the work of Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa for her due diligence in projecting Nigerian Diasporas as an important factor towards development in Nigeria and hopes that a similar Commission will be replicated in his home country.

Receiving the Ambassador, the NiDCOM Chairman agreed with His Excellency that though the COVID-19 Test is a necessary prerequisite for visitors coming to Ghana, the Ghanaian authorities, on the other hand, must ensure that visitors are treated with dignity, fairly and humanely.

On cybercrimes and trafficking, the NiDCOM CEO said that sister agencies such as the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will partner with the Ghanaian Authorities to rid off the few fraudulent Nigerians who are giving Nigerians in Ghana a bad name and causing
problems in the host country., while acknowledging the numerous Nigerians in Ghana going about their duties with diligence.