The Ambassador-Designate of the Embassy of the Republic of Niger, H.E. Mrs. Lamido Salamatou Bala Goga, presented open letters to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, on Wednesday, 31st March, 2021.
Subsequent to the usual exchange of pleasantries, the Hon. Ayorkor Botchwey Welcomed the Ambassador-Designate to her office and express her delight at meeting her for the first time;
The minister recalled with satisfaction the long history of brotherliness, friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance that has characterised relations between Ghana and Niger for more than a century and observed that the pioneering efforts of the first Presidents of the two countries, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and Mr. Hamani Diori, to unite the African continent with a common purpose of African emancipation have strengthened cooperation towards the consolidation of peace, economic liberation and poverty eradication between the two countries;
The Minister noted that the excellent relations, in recent times, have continued to be cordial as both countries maintain close ties in various spheres of mutual interests, particularly, on issues of economy, trade and security.
She added that in Ghana’s bid to further deepen ties with Niger, Ghana on 1st January 2018, opened a Consulate-General in Niamey and noted with satisfaction that in the interest of further deepening ties between the two countries, the Consulate-General was upgraded to the status of an Embassy on 7th August, 2019
In furtherance of its commitment to deepening relations with Niger, stress that Ghana desires to construct a permanent structure to house its Chancery and the Ambassador’s residence in Niamey. In that regard, reiterated Ghana’s request for a parcel of land within the diplomatic enclave of Niamey to construct a Chancery and Ambassador’s residence and expressed the hope that in the spirit of the historical relations that exist between the two countries, the government of Niger will expedite action on Ghana’s request.
She recalled that Ghana and Niger signed a five-year Bilateral Agreement on General Cooperation on 19th June, 2018 and underscore the importance of commissioning a Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJCC) to serve as a forum for addressing the challenges and implementation of the agreement.
There is the presence of two officials from the Ministry of Secondary Education of Niger currently in Ghana and observed with admiration the desire of the Nigerian Government to draw inspiration from the management methods of Ghana’s educational system. However, highlighted that under the framework of the General Agreement, there has been minimal cooperation on educational exchanges between the two countries;
With the excellent relation existing between the two countries, there is over one Million (1Million) Nigeriens in Ghana who are engaged in trading activities and a large number of Ghanaians also living and working in Niger.
The minister also Congratulated the Niger Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) for their outstanding role in ensuring a successful election and noted with satisfaction, the democratic path embarked upon by the brotherly people of Niger that resulted in the free, fair and credible run-off election in December, 2020.
In that regard, recalled the recent donation of 100,000 ink stamp pads made by Ghana to Niger to facilitate the latter’s second round of presidential election;
Conveyed through her to the Government of Niger warm congratulations for the successful democratic transition of power in February, 2021 and commended the peaceful settlement of its post electoral disputes.
Emphasized the Government of Ghana’s commitment towards consolidating existing friendly ties and expanding the scope of economic and technical cooperation between the two countries and assured of Ghana’s commitment to work with Niger towards maintaining the excellent relations existing between the two countries, as well as consolidating the peace in the sub-region;
Wished the Ambassador-Designate a successful tour of duty and assure her of Government’s continuous support in the execution of her mandate.