Friday, November 11, 2016

Nigerians, other immigrants living in Ghana to pay $120 residency fee

Ghana has imposed a fee of $120 on Nigerians and other immigrants who stay in the country for a total of 90 days or more in a given year. They are now required by law to register for the Non-citizen Ghana card, which will be issued to them after making the payment.
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.

Nigeria's Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has appealed to the Ghanaian Parliament to review the Residency Fee.
Saraki made the appeal on Wednesday when he granted audience to a delegation of Ghanaian parliamentarians, which paid him a courtesy visit at the National Assembly, Abuja.
A statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Senate President on Print Media, Chuks Okocha, quoted the Senate President while responding to comments by the leader of the visiting Parliamentarians, Hon. Alfred Agbesi, as saying: “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”.
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.

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