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07.02.2005 Togo

Togo opens its side of the border with Ghana

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Aflao, Feb 07, GNA - Togo on Monday opened its side of the border about 38 hours after it shut its land borders and ports following the death of its long time President Gnassingbe Eyadema on Saturday. Stranded vehicles and people were seen crossing over from both sides with little or no difficulty and security on the Togo side of the border was relaxed.

Mr Jonathan Boamah Boateng, Chief Collector of the Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) said the sector stands to lose substantial revenue that could negatively affect its first quarter and 2005 revenue targets.

"Every second matters in revenue collection. If for hours and days we sit idle, you could imagine the effect on our revenue collection. "It is not only the first quarter that stands affected but the expected annual target as well," he told the GNA.

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