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Trouble Looms As Ghana Trade Union Asks Nigerian Traders To Close Down Their Shops Or…

Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) has appealed to the Committee on Foreign Retail Trade, to close down shops of undocumented foreign retailers.

It is understood that the Nigerian Union of Traders Association in Ghana (NUTAG) was ordered to collect all the business documents of members, including the tenancy agreements of the respective shops or stalls.

This is coming amid purported plans by NUTAG to reject the special dispensation granted them by the Government of Ghana despite a series of diplomatic efforts by both Ghana and Nigeria governments, Ghanaian Times reports.

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A statement from Ghanaian Times reads, “This inappropriate attitude of the Nigerian traders in Ghana is not only an insult but also a well-orchestrated ploy to frustrate the committee, state, and people of Ghana. Therefore, we of the Ghana Union of the Traders’ Associations wish to appeal to the Committee on Foreign Retail Trade to, as a matter of urgency resume its operations without any delays as the behaviour of the Nigerian traders has seriously provoked Ghanaian traders and reigniting agitations in the markets.”

Meanwhile, NUTAG had been ordered to collect all the business documents of members, including the tenancy agreements of the respective shops or stalls.

According to the Nigerian union, GUTA’s failure to adhere to the review of the concession granted by the two co-chairmen of the Joint Implementation Taskforce (JIT), as well as its threat, is unfortunate.

“We are particularly concerned about this latest threat because GUTA has since 2007 been issuing and carrying out attacks against Nigerian traders in Ghana. The use of such violent measures has not ended for any of the traders from the two brotherly countries.

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“We are appealing to the President not to succumb to people who want to railroad him into an exercise which is purely an eviction disguised as concession,” the statement said.

They said if GUTA acts on its threat, thousands of Nigerians will be made to suffer going back to Nigeria with little or nothing as many of them had their shops locked for almost two years.

 

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