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Côte d’Ivoire: Séka Séka Joseph lays the first stone of the “good neighborhood and integration” house in Noé for the benefit of people in distress crossing the border

© Koaci.com – Friday, June 10, 2022 – 6:40 PM

Seka Seka Joseph when laying the first stone

Ghana and the Ivory Coast will have in a few months a house of “good neighborliness and integration” Minister Séka Séka posed today, in Noahthe first stone of this edifice which will be carried out by the National Border Commission of Côte d’Ivoire (CNFCI) to the tune of tens of millions of FCFA.

This ceremony took place on the sidelines of the celebration of the African Borders Day jointly organized by Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Representing the President of the Economic, Social, Environment and Cultural Council, the Minister Seka Seka Joseph was accompanied by Ghanaian and Ivorian authorities.

The house of “good neighborliness and integration” will allow in the near future, the services of the Ministry of Social Affairs to have a more spacious setting with better working and reception facilities for the benefit of people in distress crossing the common border between Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.

Before the laying of the first stone of the house of “good neighbourliness”, Daouda Ouattara, Technical Advisor to the Prime Minister, President of the CNFCI recalled that the commemoration of the African Borders Day makes it possible to implement the vision of the Border Program of the African Union which ambition through cross-border cooperation to transform African borders into bridges and to accelerate integration under the newspaper and African.

On behalf of Patrick Achi, Prime Minister and Chairman of the National Border Commission of Côte d’Ivoire (CNFCI), his Technical Advisor greeted Major General Emmanuel Kotia, National Coordinator of the Ghana Border Commission and all of the accompanying delegation and also the Regional Minister of Ghana.

Daouda Ouattara reiterated the commitment of the State of Côte d’Ivoire to strengthen collaboration between the two structures in charge of border management with a view to transforming border areas into border areas of security, peace, integration and sustainable socio-economic development.

Yesterday, the populations of the border villages were entitled to free medical consultations, in particular concerning chronic diseases such as blood pressure and diabetes as well as ophthalmological and prenatal consultations. In addition, the organizers wanted the celebration of African Borders Day to remain engraved in the annals of the history of Nougoua by commissioning the water drilling which will reduce the difficulty of access to drinking water. populations.

According to Prefect Daouda Ouattara, the celebration of this day is placed under the sign of the preservation of nature, of shared natural resources.

“In our case here, it is the pollution of the Bia by chemicals from illegal gold panning, which makes the water of this river, which was once a source of water supply for the populations, non-edible. A situation that negatively impacts the entire Sud-Comoé region and endangers the health of the population. Dear parents, we come to tell you that it is high time that we all become aware of this situation which puts everyone’s life in danger. By agreeing to change our behavior, by refusing to use dangerous products for our agricultural and industrial activities, by refusing to cede our lands for the practice of illegal and wild gold panning”, pleaded the representative of the Prime Minister.

The integration of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana and those of the sub-region necessarily involves strengthening cross-border cooperation. This is why he urged state structures, the police, customs, water and forests, health services, etc. but also economic operators and civil society actors not to hesitate to set up collaboration platforms with their counterparts in Ghana vice versa.

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According to him, this will lead, in the long term, to a better exchange of information and to the facilitation of the mobility of goods and people between the two countries by guaranteeing security in the border areas.

The Executive Secretariat of the CNFCI saluted the GIZ/PFUA, whose constant and significant financial support enables it to organize the activities of this celebration. He reassures the GIZ/AUBP of its determination and commitment to carry as far as possible the vision of the African Union Border Program with a view to transforming border areas into real areas of security, peace, social cohesion and sustainable development for the happiness of the people who live there and the achievement of sub-regional and African integration.

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The opening of the border of the Ivorian border is a common concern of the populations of the two countries.

“It’s true that Ghana has opened the border on its side, Côte d’Ivoire is thinking about it, our populations are challenging us and even elected officials are challenging us, but I think that these problems are problems that are already being dealt with in high places. . As you know, President Alassane Ouattara and the President of the Republic of Ghana meet regularly in Accra far away. Perhaps we will be surprised, perhaps even that the opening will go faster than we think, so let’s trust our authorities, thank you,” concluded Mr. Ouattara on behalf of Patrick Achi.

Major General Emmanuel Kotia, National Coordinator of the Ghana Boundary Commission has announced a meeting of the two commissions in July.

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