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Nigerians Living In Ghana Ordered To Pay $120 Residency Fee, FG Steps In

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November 10, 2016 – Nigerians Living In Ghana Ordered To Pay $120 Residency Fee, FG Steps In

The Senate President today appealed to the Ghanaian Parliament to review the $120 Residency Fee imposed on Nigerians living in Ghana.

Saraki made the appeal when he granted audience to the visiting Ghanaian parliamentarians that paid him a courtesy visit at the National Assembly.

This is contained in a statement by the Special Assistant to the Senate President on Print Media, Chuks Okocha in Abuja.

It said that the Senate President while responding to comments by the leader of the Ghanaian Parliamentary delegation, Hon. Alfred Agbesi, said: “I am appealing to you my colleagues in the parliament in Ghana on the recent laws passed on Nigerians to pay a residency fee of $120. I am appealing that you review this law and take a second look at it again as things are hard. This recession is biting hard.”

Ghana early this year imposed a fee of $120 on Nigerians and other immigrants that stayed in the country for a total of 90 days or more in a given year and are required by law to register for the Non-citizen Ghana card at the cost of $120 (N19,000).

The Act, which is enshrined under the Foreigners Identification Management System (FIMS), in pursuance of Authority’s mandate under the NIA Act, 2006 (Act 707), the National Identity Register Act, 2008 (Act 750) and the National Identity Regulations, 2012, made it compulsory that the non-citizen Ghana card is the mandatory form of identification to be used in all transactions which includes applying for or renewing residence permits, opening or running a bank account etc.

It said that Saraki also commended the Ghanaian Parliament for supporting Nigeria to emerge as the Vice President for the West African Region in the just concluded Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) conference in Geneva.

Also responding to the request of the visiting Ghanaian Parliamentarians that the National Institute of Legislative Studies (NILS) should help the Ghanaian law makers in legislative drafting, Dr. Saraki assured that NILS would assist their law makers where necessary, explaining that it was for such purpose that the institute was established.

According to the Senate President, “NILS has been very instrumental in propagating the ideals of legislative enhancement. It is because of the activities of NILS that people who ask what does the legislature do that our works are being appreciated.”

He further stated that NILS has been resolute in propagating the work of the National Assembly especially in enhancing the economic agenda of the National Assembly to bring Nigeria out of the current economic recession.

Earlier, leader of the delegation, Alfred Agbesi who is the Deputy Leader of the Ghanaian Parliament said that they were in Nigeria to seek the help of NILS in legislative drafting for in-coming law makers and how it would help in the performance of their duties.

Agbesi described NILS as one of the main pillars to advance democracy in Ghana, while pledging to enhance and improve bilateral relationship between Nigeria and Ghana.




  1. Big Aunty Koks

    November 10, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    The recession is not only experienced here in Nigeria so countries are becoming resourceful at revenue generation.. Ido not therefore blame theGhanians for this law.we have enough foreigners in Nigeria to generate foreign exchange for our country so….. Return the favour and tax them as they tax our. Ountrimen in foreign countries!

  2. man

    November 10, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    BAK….on point

  3. Olaizo

    November 10, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    That not gonna happen, we’ll if nigeria government can stop this, then they should be able to stop such payment paroles the have been going on in the Gambia for a very long time where Nigerians there are paying same amount of residence permit fees like the Europeans and other foreign countries living there, and some country are not paying nothing at all and we said Ecowas! What is ecowas in this any way, if nigeria start collecting residence permit fees from other west Africans living in Nigeria, then it’s gonna be worst for them to survive in their country coz I know all of them lives by nigeria economy, I know it. Coz I have been there all.

  4. spayor

    November 10, 2016 at 8:32 PM

    Abi o…I suport you big aunt

  5. Endure

    November 10, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    @Big Anti Koks you are correct. You see the problem we have in Nigeria is that,we are not innovative in terms of implementing what will bring about real development in our country. We’ve often failed in inventing other means to generate revenue for ourselves.

    For example, Ghana will not only add to their revenue by taxing foreigners with $120 but could also track how many numbers of foreigners that are living in their country! That’s surely a remarkable progress and improvement in their development. Now the question is,do we have such system in Nigeria? Can the Nigerian Federal Government give a figure of how many foreigners we have in our country? So shameful we don’t have such data.

    Ghana is gradually leaving us behind in terms of development. Rather than appealing to Ghanian Government to ease such tax imposed on nigerians over their,Nigerian government has to come up with their own method of raising revenue from other sources too other than Oil. Indeed a lot need to be learned from Ghana in order to develop our country.

  6. fifelomo

    November 11, 2016 at 12:25 AM

    Up you big Aunty.

  7. ade eagle

    November 11, 2016 at 2:33 AM

    i remember when the living condition in Ghana was so bad the Nigerian government allowed them to live & work in Nigeria for free

  8. sola olaniyi

    November 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    what a comment from @BAK

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