Nigerian traders in Ghana cry out over fresh closure of shops

The National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) has made a fresh call for help, saying Ghanaian authorities have begun another round of closure of shops belonging to Nigerian traders in Ghana.

National President of NANTS Ken Ukaoha made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

Ukaoha said that the entire process showed Ghana’s decision to undermine trade and economic integration process in ECOWAS.

He, therefore, 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.

About 270 shops belonging to Nigerian traders in Ghana have been locked up since September 2019 over $1million equity required from foreigners trading in Ghana.

“As at today (Monday) November 30, the Ghanaian authorities led by security agencies have started another round of closure of shops belonging to Nigerian traders in Ghana,” Ukaoha said.

“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 $1 million.

“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.'”

Nigerian traders in Ghana had recently appealed to the Federal Government to start the process of evacuating them back to Nigeria over the lingering crisis.