Burkina opens border to Ghana but…


Authorities at Burkina Faso have finally opened its borders with Ghana after two days of closure.

The action, resisting vehicular movements to and from the troubled country, caused huge discomfort to commuters and traders.

The border was closed for two days, following violent protests in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou last week which compelled its president, Blaise Compaore to resign.

Though his resignation was the central demand of the protesters, it has yet to calm down tension in that country.

More protestors hit the streets of Ouagadougou over suspicions the military is trying to grab power, despite assurances given by the military it will hand rule. One person was reportedly killed yesterday at the state television where a number of protesters gathered.

Ghana is however bearing the rippling effect of the disturbances, as trade here is being hampered.

At the Tema port, hundreds of truck drivers carting goods to Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger told Joy News’ Kwetey Nartey they are scared of looting in the capital.

Others say some destined warehouses have either been burnt or seized and that they have to wait for some weeks for the disturbances to die out.

At the Paga border, the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has a daunting task to clear a huge backlog of vehicles occasioned by the closure of the border, Joy News’ reporter in the Upper west region, Albert Sore reported.

Chief Revenue Officer at the GRA, David Arthur said they were fortunate that the Burkinabe officials allowed pedestrian movement.

But there is “a very huge [vehicular] backlog”, and the Ghanaian authorities are “working feverishly to clear them”, he said.

There is understanding for perishable goods and highly inflammable products like petroleum that could cause explosion to be cleared first, he noted. Story by Ghana | Myjoyonline.com| Isaac Essel | [email protected] | twitter @isaacessel

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