Saraki urges Ghana’s parliament to review $120 residency fee on Nigerians


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President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has appealed to the Ghanaian parliament to review the 120 dollars Residency Fee imposed on Nigerians living in the country.

A statement by his Special Assistant on Print Media, Mr Chuks Okocha, in Abuja said that Saraki made the appeal while he received some parliamentarians from Ghana in his office on Thursday.

“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 dollars.

“I am appealing that you review this law and take a second look at it as things are hard. This recession is biting hard,” he said.

Early this year, Ghana Government introduced residency fee of 120 dollars to be paid by Nigerians and other nationals who stayed in the country for a total of 90 days or more in a given year.

They are required by the law to register for Non-citizen Ghana card at the cost of 120 dollars (about N19, 000).

Saraki 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.

He assured that the National Institute of Legislative Studies (NILS) would assist Ghanaian lawmakers where necessary, explaining that it was for such purpose that the institute was established.

He said that the institute had been very instrumental in propagating the ideals of legislative enhancement, “especially in enhancing the economic agenda of the National Assembly to bring Nigeria out of current economic recession’’.

Earlier, Leader of the delegation, Mr Alfred Agbesi, had said that the lawmakers were in Nigeria to seek the help of NILS in legislative drafting for in-coming lawmakers in the Ghanaian legislature.

Agbesi, who is the Deputy Leader of the Ghanaian Parliament, described NILS as one of the main pillars to advance democracy in Ghana, and pledged to ensure the enhancement of relationship between Nigeria and Ghana.