The speaker of the house of representatives Femi Gbajabiamila has on Tuesday flown to Ghana on a mission trip which the speaker refers to as “legislative diplomacy” in order to find an urgent and lasting solution to the issues arising from the $1m levy imposed by Ghana Nigerian businesses.
It will be recalled that Ghana had mentioned that the reason for the levy on Nigerian businesses was not unconnected with the fact that Nigeria had refused to open her borders, an action they said was affecting their economy. Before the departure of the honorable speaker, he had met with President Muhammadu Buhari to speak with him and also get presidential approval which he got. The speaker Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, after his meeting with the president, had told newsmen, “I am leaving for Ghana tomorrow (Wednesday) to meet with the Speaker of the parliament in Ghana to look at the issues on ground as they affect our citizens and to try and calm things down.
“I informed the President and he is aware of every single step that we are taking, and we hope that we will come to an amicable settlement one way or the other.
“It is called legislative diplomacy. If you remember very well, during the days when I was Leader of the House, I led the delegation to South Africa during the crisis there with Nigerians and we were able to accomplish quite a bit, to simmer things down at that time,” he added.
The honorable speaker Gbajabiamila announced his arrival via his verified Twitter handle on Wednesday. It reads:
“Initial meeting with my host the Speaker of Ghanian Parliament who met me at the airport Hon Prof Mike Oquaye. We will meet again this evening,”
It is hoped that the visit of the Nigerian speaker will yield positive fruits.
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