Nigerian businesses in Ghana raise alarm over fresh closure of shops

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NATIONAL Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) has called on the Federal Government to take urgent action as Ghanaian authorities for embarked on another round of closure of shops belonging to Nigerian traders yesterday.

  National President of NANTS, Ken Ukaoha, who made the call in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, condemned the maltreatment of Nigerian traders in Ghana.

  Explaining that the entire process showed Ghana’s decision to undermine trade and economic integration process in the West African region, Ukaoha urged the Federal Government to take immediate actions and urgently present the maltreatment of Nigerians in Ghana to the Council of Ministers and the Authority of Heads of State.

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  According to him, hundreds of shops belonging to Nigerian traders in Ghana have been under lock and key since September 2019.

  “As at today, November 30, the Ghanaian Authorities led by Security Agencies have started another round of closure of shops belonging to Nigerian traders in Ghana. The notice placed above the padlocks on each of the locked shops informs owners to come to their Ministry of Trade and Industry with evidence of payment of one million dollars. It is indeed a complete dent on the face of ECOWAS and a bold question, perhaps asking the Nigerian Government ‘What would you do?’ or ‘Do your worst!’” Ukaoha noted.

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  It will be recalled that that a few weeks back, the traders had appealed to the Federal Government to start the process of evacuating them back to Nigeria while expressing their displeasure and insecurity of their wares and livelihoods in Ghana.

In another development, the funeral of Ghana’s late ex-President Jerry Rawlings will be held on December 23, his family announced yesterday.

  A press release issued by head of the funeral planning committee, James Gbeho, said the family, in consultation with government, agreed on the date.

  The funeral rites for the 73-year-old will come off at the Independence Square in Accra.

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