- Nigeria closed its land borders to neighbouring countries in August.
- This has affected countries in the sub-region.
- Ghana’s largest local beverage manufacturer is also feeling the effect of the border closure.
The largest local beverage manufacturer in Ghana, Kasapreko, has lost about $2 million in revenue to the closure of the Nigerian border.
The Head of International Business Development for the company, Francis Holly Adzah, said the company managed to send in three trucks of products there are some more products at the border and on their premises to be exported to Nigeria.
He said even though the beverage firm “managed to send in three trucks of products to the Nigerian market moments before the border was closed, four other trucks loaded with products – one at the border and the others at the premises of the manufacturing company – have been left grounded.”
“In September, we lost US$1 million to the closure. October is almost ended and our checks show a loss of another million dollars. The situation is getting out of hand and very serious,” Mr Holly Adzah added.
He added that their checks on the Nigerian market showed that the beverage firm has exhausted all its products in the Nigerian market. He added that this is a very critical situation which if not addressed soon will have their competitors overtake them.
To resolve this, Kasapreko says it is venturing into other ready markets apart from Nigeria to make up for the losses.
Mr Holly Adzah said that the company is considering entering Ivory Coast, Senegal, Togo, Benin, and other European markets.