Stranded drivers at Nigerian border say Akufo-Addo's '₵40' handout too small

Stranded drivers at Nigerian border say Akufo-Addo's '₵40' handout too small

Stranded Ghanaian drivers and their conductors say the amount donated by president Akufo-Addo to help them out at the Nigeria-Benin border, is not enough.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo presented CFA450,000 to the Ghanaian drivers who are stranded at Seme-Krakue, a town on the Nigeria-Benin border following the decision by Nigeria to close its borders.

The money is to help the drivers clear expenses they have incurred as a result of the border closure.

However, the drivers have told the Head of JoyNews Security Desk, Gifty Andoh Appiah that, the money meant to be shared among them will leave each of them with CFA5,000 which is equivalent to GH₵40. 

Although they appreciate President's intervention they say the most important intervention for them right now is their ability to move their trucks from what looks like a confiscating yard.

They are, therefore, calling on government to intervene on their behalf for them to be able to move their trucks from the confiscation yard.

The drivers have not been able to cross over since Nigeria shut its border with Benin on August 21, this year.

Nigerian authorities say they closed the border to prevent the entry of contraband goods from Benin, including rice, and that Ghana was not the target.

The situation has, however, led to hundreds of vehicles, mostly articulated trucks, being locked at both ends of the border.

Some drivers say they have spent three to five months at the Nigeria–Benin border.

Though it is not clear when the Nigerian authorities will reopen the border, some truck drivers still hold on to the hope that the border will be opened soon.