The Ghanaian Minister of Interior Minister, Mr. Ambrose Dery has revealed that there are over one million Ghanaians living in Nigeria.
The minister who made the disclosure at the Nigeria Independence Day Diplomatic Dinner that held at the premises of the Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana on October 1 also stated that stated that the People of Nigerian have indeed demonstrated at various levels of their social-economic and political development commendable resilience and will-power to take the destiny of their own country in their own hands.
The event which was attended by other top diplomats from the US, France, China and Britain has a guest of over one hundred with a cross section of Nigerians adorning their national colours.
According to the minister, the Government and the People of Nigeria have every right to be proud for the tremendous strides that the Country has made so far particularly in the fight against corruption and terrorism which pose a great security threat, not only to Nigeria but also to countries within the sub region.
He said the government of Ghana was committed to peace and security in the sub-region and stated its willingness to cooperate with Nigeria “to curb terrorism and violence, as well as promote peace and security, to engender sustainable socio-economic growth and development for the benefit of our peoples”.
“Distinguished Guests, Economic relations between Ghana and Nigeria continues to hold huge potentials for growth, and also for expansion. Whilst Economic, trade and Investment relations remain largely in the informal sector, relations in the formal sector are beginning to pick up. The few Ghanaian companies such as Kasapreko Company Limited, Healthilife Limited have indeed established subsidiaries in Nigeria and their products are easily noticeable on the Nigerian market. Likewise, Nigerian business and products such as Energy Bank, GT Bank, Zenith Bank, Regency Alliance Insurance, Dangote Cement, Glo Telecommunications, UBI Energy, just to mention a few, are very very prominent in Ghana”, the minister stated.
The Minister stated that in the spirit of boosting relations at all levels, “I’m delighted to acknowledge that after all those seven years of inactivity; Ghana and Nigeria have agreed to unveil the seventh session of The Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJCC) between both countries in Accra, from 15th to 20th October, 2017. And we look forward to receiving your delegation in Ghana and engaging in discussions bordering on all fields of socio-economic advancement”.
Mr. Dery stated that Ghanaians were proudly to associate with Nigerian values of quality, liberty and pursuit of happiness and prosperity. “Indeed, these are values which we believe represent the aspirations of not only Nigerians but all Africans. We are confident that we can achieve these goals for a prosperous Nigeria and a contented Africa”, he stated.