FG denies diplomatic row with Ghana over embassy building

The Federal Government of Nigeria has dismissed a purported diplomatic row with the republic of Ghana over its mission’s property in Accra circulating on social media as untrue.

The government denied reports that its officials were evicted from the said property. A statement by Ferdinand Nwonye, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja said that the ministry wishes to clarify that the property at No. 10 Barnes Road, Accra, Ghana was in use by the Federal Ministry of Finance, since 1957, on leasehold and was later bequeathed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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The ministry explained that the lease of the property expired recently and the High Commission has been exploring the possibility of renewing the lease agreement with the host authorities.

He noted that there is no imminent diplomatic row with Ghana as being speculated by a section of the media, while assuring all and sundry that the Ministry is on top of the situation.

ELSEWHERE: The Cross River State Government has given a 7-day ultimatum to traders on illegal structures along major streets in Calabar to relocate their businesses to Watt or Marian markets or face demolition.

The state Commissioner for Environment, Mfon Bassey, gave the ultimatum in Calabar during an inspection tour from the Nipost office in Calabar down to Watt Market in view of clearing the hawking activities on the pedestrian way that impeded free flow of human and vehicular traffic.

While addressing the hawkers at different points, Bassey said that the state government was committed to a clean and green environment, hence the need to relocate all road side sellers back to the markets

He told the hawkers that the ministry had earlier issued an ultimatum on December 27, 2019, asking them to remove all illegal structures, shanties and containers from the road side.


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