ACCRA– Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia of Ghana has reiterated the need for the country to strengthen its trade with Nigeria to advance their economies and improve the lots of their peoples.
It was time to move Ghana and Africa beyond aid, which called for increased trade among African countries, he said here Monday, adding that he looked forward to closer ties between the two countries when a Nigerian delegation, led by Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the President of the Nigerian Senate, paid a courtesy call on him.
The delegation is in Ghana to take part in the 61st Independence Day celebration, which will be celebrated Tuesday under the theme: Ghana beyond Aid.
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria is expected to be the Special Guest of Honour at the independence parade at Black Stars Square here Tuesday to climax the celebrations.
Vice-President Bawumia said it was worth celebrating 25 years of uninterrupted constitutional rule under Ghana’s Fourth Republic and 61 years of independence from colonial rule. It was a milestone worth celebrating and sharing of ideas to entrench democracy and advance the welfare of the people.
He said Ghana and Nigeria shared a similar history and their peoples easily jelled together whenever they meet and work on a common project.
Dr Saraki congratulated Ghana for the passion in advancing democracy in the country and the successes it had chalked in the past 25 years of practising constitutional government. He also commended the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo-led government for instituting people-oriented policies and programmes since assuming the reins of government.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK