Nigerian traders decry Ghana's refusal to open locked shops 

Posted by News Express | 22 September 2020 | 823 times

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The Nigeria Union of Traders Asso­ciation in Ghana (NUTAG) on Mon­day decried Ghanaian au­thorities’ refusal to open shops owned by Nigerians even after several meetings between top officials of both governments.
The President of NU­TAG, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nnaji, disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nige­ria (NAN) in Abuja.
According to him, it is unfortunate that Nigeri­an traders’ shops have re­mained locked even after visits by Mr. Femi Gbajabi­amila, Speaker of House of Representatives and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to Ghana.
“The locking of shops belonging to Nigerians by Ghanaian authorities hin­ders our doing business lawfully.
“The Ghanaian govern­ment should have as a mat­ter of bilateral relations paid attention to us by be­ing open in its decision to tackle our trade difficulties in the host country.      
"I think every plea from the Nigerian government has fallen on deaf ears of the Ghanaian authorities, which is ready to destabi­lise and destroy our busi­nesses to favour their cit­izens.
“Our shops are still shut down; most shops shut down since December 2, 2019 were only opened to give tax assessment for the current year by Ghana rev­enue authorities.
I am aware most of our members complied; all the documents on Gha­na Investment Promotion Council (GIPC) presented are original not fake,’’ he said.
Nnaji said it was not true that Nigerian traders did not have genuine docu­ments for the shops.
“I think the Ghanaian government is working on an agenda aimed at dis­couraging the influx of Ni­gerians to Ghana and the growth of Nigerian busi­nesses in their country.
“I wish that our govern­ment would take this Gha­naian agenda very serious to stop Nigerians from los­ing all their life earnings in Ghana,” he added.
Nnaji said that many Ni­gerian traders had already returned home with their families following the clo­sure of their shops.
He also said that those who could not relocate to Nigeria before their shops were shut down “are now stuck in Ghana with little or no money to be able to survive.”
Nnaji said that the as­sociation had begun the compilation of names of people severely affected by the action of the Ghanaian authorities for evacuation by the Federal Govern­ment. (Daily Independent)

Source: News Express

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