Closure of Ivorian side of border making life unbearable – Elubo residents lament

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Expectations of some residents in Elubo in the Western Region with the re-opening of the land border are yet to be met as the community, which is noted for economic vibrancy, is still struggling in business.

Residents are attributing the situation to the continuous closure of the Ivorian side of the border.

Elubo used to be the business hub in the Jomoro District of the Region due to trading activities between Ghanaians and Ivorians.

The closure of the borders of these two countries nearly rendered the once vibrant community a ghost town.

Many heaved a sigh of relief following the announcement of the reopening of land borders by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

But this was short lived since the Ivorian side of the border has still not been re-opened.

Wednesdays used to be very busy market days at Elubo but the situation was different when visited the market on Wednesday, June 8.

The unhappy traders are appealing to government to intervene as a matter of urgency.

“We are really suffering, Elubo is now a ghost town and we are pleading with Nana Addo to talk to the Ivorian government to open their border,” a frustrated resident poured his heart out.

District Chief Executive for Jomoro Louisa Iris Arde also believes reopening the Ivorian border will boost the economy.

“We all know Elubo is a business hub and the continuous closure of the Ivorian border is worrying.”

In related development, the DCE for Noe in Ivory Coast, Dosso Kosseni, says his government is putting measures in place to open up the border.

“The Ivorian Government knows the impact of the closure of the border on both countries but things will be rectified very soon,” he assured.

By Paa Kojo Peters|Connect FM||Ghana

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