Nige­rian traders con­firm reopen­ing of busi­nesses in Ghana

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

Nige­rian traders in Ghana have con­firmed reopen­ing of hun­dreds of shops and busi­nesses that were shut by the Ghana­ian au­thor­i­ties.

The Pres­i­dent, Nige­ria Union of Traders As­so­ci­a­tion Ghana (NUTAG), Mr Chuk­wue­meka Nnaji, con­firmed this in a state­ment made avail­able to news­men.

The clo­sure of the over 400 shops had sparked protests by Nige­rian traders, who con­demned the evic­tion or­der is­sued by the Ghana­ian govern­ment that for­eign­ers should va­cate the coun­try’s re­tail mar­kets or have one mil­lion dol­lars as min­i­mum for­eign in­vest­ment cap­i­tal to do busi­ness in Ghana.

The Fed­eral Govern­ment had, on Nov. 2, sum­moned the Ghana High Com­mis­sioner to Nige­ria, Rashid Bawa, to give a de­fin­i­tive ex­pla­na­tion on the mat­ter.

“I can con­firm to you that our shops have been re­opened by the Ghana­ian au­thor­i­ties,” Nnaji said, adding that Nige­rian traders were con­duct­ing their busi­nesses peace­fully with­out ha­rass­ment.

Nnaji said that checks con­ducted in the af­fected ar­eas re­vealed that the Ghana Union of Traders As­so­ci­a­tion (GUTA) Ex­ec­u­tives had opened the locked up shops in Suame Mag­a­zine In­dus­trial en­clave for for­eign (Nige­rian) traders.

He said that those that had not been opened were locked be­cause own­ers were not present at their shops and GUTA Ex­ec­u­tives want to open the shops with the own­ers present.

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