Nigerian traders in Ghana are bracing themselves for an impending eviction from their shops after the Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo sided with the Ghana Union of Traders Association, GUTA in upholding a ban on retail trading by Nigerians and other foreigners in the country.
Akufo-Addo made his stance known while speaking on the GIPC Act on retailing in Ghana. The act which was largely unenforced prohibits foreigners from engaging in retail trading and activities in the market.
He said that the law will be fully be enforced going forward, just as Nigerians have done with their border closure policy.
“Nigerians cannot complain about our enforcement of our laws, they are doing it in their own country. So they cannot complain, there is nothing discriminatory about it,” he said.
“The Chinese, the Nigerians all of them should be put in the same pot in terms of the application of the law.
Recently, the GUTA had sealed up shops belonging to Nigerians in retaliation to Nigeria’s border closure. Although Akufo-Addo warned against taking laws into their hands, he maintained that their agitation was not unfounded.
“This is a very delicate and difficult issue but I think some things are obvious. GUTA are right in their interpretation of the law. The laws of our country until they are changed, have banned foreigners from engaging in retail trading in our country as well as activities in our market. Those are reserved mainly for Ghanaians.”