Ghana-Nigeria resolve to foster stronger security & economic ties

Ghana and Nigeria have agreed to revive a partnership between both countries which would focus on entrenching cooperation and collaboration for economic growth.

This was disclosed by President John Mahama after presidents of both countries – Ghana and Nigeria – held bilateral talks which bordered on the economy, security and power.

This is the first time the newly elected Nigeria president, Major General (rtd) Muhammadu Buhari has visited Ghana since his election in March.

The Ghanaian president said “we have agreed to work with Nigeria to guarantee the security and social economic prosperity of our two people.

“In that direction our two ministries of foreign affairs would begin the process of reviving the joint Ghanap-Nigeria Commission for Cooperation and progressively expand its focus on to the level of a bi-national commission.”

Key on the agenda was the issue of security and threat posed by Islamist group Boko Haram.

In his speech, President John Mahama said “as the immediate past chair of Ecowas, I also reviewed with President Buhari the progress of the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents and conveyed to him my personal commendation and that of the sub region for the quick response and his active deployment of military power to help with the fight against the insurgents.”

On his part, President Buhari said “clear terms of reference was drawn and handed over to them [the Military] in terms of retraining, re-equipping and redeploying the troop.

“I think if we have been listening hard enough or if you have been to North East, the military is really gaining grounds. Boko Haram is virtually limited to the Sambisa forest. The people who have been moved out are gradually moving back to their constituencies and they are being integrated to society.”

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President Buhari was in Ghana for a day’s working visit and has since left for Nigeria.

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey||Ghana