Traders de­mand re­open­ing of shops

Weekly Trust - - News - Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­rian Traders (NANTS) has de­manded the re­open­ing of over 400 Nige­rian busi­nesses shut by the Ghana­ian gov­ern­ment.

Dur­ing a peace­ful protest at the Ghana High Com­mis­sion in Abuja, the protesters mostly women, con­demned the evic­tion or­der by the Ghana­ian gov­ern­ment on July 27, 2018, ask­ing for­eign in­vestors to have $1million min­i­mum cap­i­tal to do busi­ness in Ghana.

“This means that for a Nige­rian to trade in Ghana, he or she must go there with N360 mil­lion. Ghana­ians trad­ing in Nige­ria, how much is their in­vest­ment?” queried Barr. Leg­borsi Nwiabu, the head of NANTS le­gal unit who spoke on be­half of the protesters.

He said the as­so­ci­a­tion was deeply wor­ried about what he called high-level gov­ern­ment com­plic­ity, state-spon­sored in­cite­ment and xeno­pho­bic at­tacks on Nige­rian on the streets of Ghana.

“As you are aware, Ghana and Nige­ria are sup­posed to be brothers. But since 2017, Ghana no longer treats Nige­ri­ans as brothers. There was a time when Nige­ria was a home of suc­cour to Ghana. We don’t know what has gone wrong to­day that Nige­ri­ans in Ghana are not given the same treat­ment,” he said.

He de­manded im­me­di­ate re­turn of all goods seized from Nige­rian traders, adding that the gov­ern­ment should un­der­take to pro­tect and pro­vide se­cu­rity for them.

“The GIPC Act should not be ap­plied on Nige­rian traders as we are not for­eign­ers in Ghana but bonafide com­mu­nity cit­i­zens un­der the ECOWAS pro­to­col,” Nwiabu said.

He warned that if the re­quest was not granted the as­so­ci­a­tion would de­ploy all its mem­bers to oc­cupy the high com­mis­sion and con­duct their busi­nesses there.

Re­spond­ing, the Ghana­ian High Com­mis­sion’s Con­sular Of­fi­cer, Mr. Eric Duodu, who re­ceived the protesters, com­mended them for their peace­ful con­duct and

Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­rian Traders (NANTS) protest at the ECOWAS Sec­re­tariat in Abuja over the plights of Nige­rian traders in Ghana

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