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Togo opens land border with Ghana


May 18, 2022 , ,

Togo, a neighboring country, has opened its land borders with Ghana.

This comes little over three months after Ghana’s land borders were reopened to neighboring countries.

The metal gates between the two countries that had been closed for two years due to the coronavirus pandemic were swung open around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

However, Graphic Online reported that both sides of the border remained bleak, with minimal human movement and economic activity.

“Today is the first day,” a top Togolese immigration officer stated, “and some individuals in Lome and Aflao have not yet heard about the reopening.”

Togo opens land border with Ghana

On the Ghanaian side, the Assistant Commissioner of Immigration (ACI) in charge of the Ghana Immigration Service’s (GIS) Aflao Sector said the number of people and vehicles crossing the border would undoubtedly rise in the coming days.

He stated that the workers of the Aflao Sector GIS are prepared for any increase in the number of border crossers.

Togo opens land border with Ghana

He claims that no unpleasant incidents have occurred near the border thus far.

Some heavy-duty vehicles were using the ECOWAS Border Post at Akanu, near Dzodze, about 50 kilometers from Aflao, according to Graphic Online, which contributed to the low volume of traffic at the Aflao Border Post.

Later in the day, a few hawkers showed up at the border station, hoping to make a quick buck.

As of 1:30 p.m., 65 Ghanaians and 16 ECOWAS nationals had arrived in Lome from Aflao, while roughly  100 individuals had departed Lome for Aflao.

To cross the border , most Ghanaians utilized their Ghana Cards or passports.

Abla Dzifa Gomashie, the NDC MP for Ketu South, was among those who arrived early at the border station to observe the situation firsthand.

She expressed gratitude to the leaders of both countries for listening to their people’s cries in an interview.

“And in Ketu South, we hope that this would restore our livelihoods, which are inevitably dependent on cross-border business,” Ms. Gomashie said.

The MP urged persons crossing the border to have legal identification and proof of COVID-19 vaccination, as well as to be law-abiding at all times.

As of 11:06 a.m., nine Ghanaians had crossed into Togo and four of their compatriots had crossed from Togo into Ghana at the Kpoglu-Segbe Border Post.

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