Peter Obi calls for help for Nigerian traders in Ghana

Former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi

Former vice-presidential candidate Peter Obi has called on the Federal Government to intervene in the closure of shops of Nigerian traders in Ghana.

Nigerian traders are required to pay the Ghana Investment Promotion Council (GIPC) registration fee which is pegged at $1 million minimum foreign equity.

In a tweet on Sunday, Mr Obi said the cries of Nigerians for help must not go unnoticed, adding that both countries need each other.

“The cries of Nigerians for help must never go unnoticed. The allegations by Nigerian traders that Ghanaian authorities are high handed in their dealings with them deserves the attention of our government. In the spirit of African integration, both nations need one another,” he wrote.

Shops owned by Nigerians in Ghana were first locked up in December, but were opened following intervention by Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo.

Ghana’s trade ministry spokesman Boakye Boateng told a local news platform Starr FM that the traders had been served notice for over a year before December’s incident.