Ghana evic­tion or­der: Nige­rian traders threaten ‘re­ac­tive steps’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­rian Traders (NANTS) has threat­ened to car­ry­out ‘re­ac­tive steps’ against the ill­treat­ment of Nige­rian traders by the Ghana­ian au­thor­i­ties.

The Pres­i­dent of NANTS, Bar­ris­ter Ken Ukaoha gave the warn­ing yes­ter­day dur­ing a joint press brief­ing with Nige­rian Union of Traders As­so­ci­a­tion Ghana (NUTAG) in Abuja.

He said, “The wa­ter has gone be­yond where we can swal­low and we are vom­it­ing it. Al­though Nige­rian gov­ern­ment is mak­ing ef­fort to re­solve the is­sue through diplo­matic means, we may be pushed to the wall to take re­ac­tive steps.

“No­body should hold us ac­count­able for the two mil­lion Ghana­ians who are liv­ing in Nige­ria. We know what to do. We can’t re­tal­i­ate. We can act. We have our own way too. We are be­ing pun­ished for do­ing noth­ing.”

Ukaoha said de­spite the as­sur­ance by the Ghana­ian Pres­i­dent Nana Aku­foAdo after meet­ing with his Nige­rian coun­ter­part in New York on the side­line of the UN gen­eral Assem­bly that the evic­tion or­der was not tar­geted at Nige­rian traders, their shops are yet to be re-opened.

Daily Trust had re­ported that de­spite the direc­tive by the coun­try’s Trade Min­is­ter, Mr Alan Ky­ere­mateng that over 400 shops and trad­ing out­lets be­long­ing to Nige­rian traders be re-opened, those shops re­mained closed.

The is­sue, he added, is inch­ing to­wards xeno­pho­bic di­men­sion as Nige­ri­ans no longer safe to walk freely on the streets of Ghana be­cause of at­tacks.

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