Ivorian border closure gravely affecting business – Elubo residents lament  

Six (6) weeks since President Akufo-Addo announced that all land borders should be fully opened to allow the free movement to boom business activities, residents at the Elubo in the Western Region says they are not feeling the impact.

According to him, the Ghana’s neighboring country Cote D’Ivoire still has it border closed making businesses still on a standstill.

Business activities were brought to a halt owing to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

Residents of Elubo border were elated when President Akufo-Addo announced the reopening of the land borders in the country.

However, the expectations with the opening of the Elubo border is yet materialize after almost 6 weeks of the announcement. Elubo which is noted for economic liveliness is still a ghost town.

Some checks by Empire News at Elubo  indicate  that the Ivorian side of the border remains closed , leaving traders dejected as business activities are at a halt since residents of Cote D’Ivoire cannot enter Ghana and vice versa.

“Things have become very difficult and we are struggling in business as you can see for yourself. Before, trading was quite easy and you could expect to have something by the close of day. The French are our main buyers but since the border was closed they do not come around any amore.  The government must come to our aid.

“Things are not any different from when the border was closed. It has always been difficult and this time also because the French border has not been opened.  Though people have the impression that things are better after the opening of the Ghana border but that is not the case especially because the French border remains closed,” residents explained.

The continued “I still do my regular hawking but nothing really comes out of it at the end of day .Hence, I will entreat the Ecowas chairman to convince the French to open their border for us to trade with them especially since the disease has subsided.”

They are therefore, calling on the President Akufo Addo as ECOWAS Chairman to intervene for the reopening of the Ivorian border.

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