STATEMENT BY THE COMMITTEE CHAIR FOR THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE IN PARLIAMENT: ON THE DESTRUCTION OF THE PREMISES OF THE NIGERIAN HIGH COMMISSION IN GHANA
We have painfully been informed of the illicit destruction of a building owned by the Nigerian High Commission in Ghana which took place in the late hours of Friday, 19th June 2020.
The committee on Foreign Affairs completely condemns this act which greatly affects the relationship between Ghana and Nigeria and expresses its sincere regrets.
The government of Ghana under the leadership of the President Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo and the Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway have always addressed issues regarding our two states with sterling diplomacy leading to full amicable resolution of all issues, even though some may intend to portray the relationship between Ghana and Nigeria as though it were a tug-of-war.
The committee recognises that Ghana-Nigeria relations have been at their best and it is rather unfortunate to witness an event like this, which has the potential to move us in a backward direction. We are convinced that the Government of Ghana with earnest respect for the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, as reiterated by the Foreign Affairs Minister, will for no reason, wilfully breach our treaty and authorise such an act.
(2) More so whoen Article 22 (2) states that: The receiving State is under a special duty to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises of the mission against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of the mission or impairment of its dignity.
Notwithstanding, careful checks by the majority inform us that, the Ghana Police is thoroughly investigating the matter and we therefore call on the Inspector General of Police to speed up activity in this regard to demonstrate our commitment in settling the issue, with the culprits facing the full extent of the law under justice.
HON. ANNOH-DOMPREH FRANK
MP. NSAWAM ADOAGYIRI
CHAIRMAN FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE