Members of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) have stormed Nigerian owned shops in two cities in the country as part of a continuing operation against foreigners engaging in retail business in the country.
The shops were reportedly locked up on Thursday, October 31, 2019, in Kumasi, the Ashanti Region capital in a demonstration reacting to the closure of the Nigerian border to West African countries which includes Ghana.
The association cited Ghanaian laws to justify their action, saying foreign retailers flout section 27 of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) Act 865.
According to GUTA, the law stipulates that the sale of goods or provision of services in a market, petty trading or hawking or selling of goods in a stall at any place must be reserved for Ghanaians.
GUTA also noted that the closure of Nigeria’s trade borders to Benin and other neighbouring countries is an outright breach of ECOWAS treaties. The President of the Association, Dr Joseph Obeng said;
“Surprisingly, the foreign affairs ministry has failed to deal with this issue, nobody is talking to this issue and for two months Ghanaian goods have been locked up in Nigeria.”
He further stated that the border closure by the Nigerian government nullifies the ECOWAS Treaty on the free movement of people and goods.
Meanwhile, Ghanian President, Mr Akuffo-Addo while addressing a delegation from First National Bank, Nigeria said that, there’s a lot of room for talks between Nigeria and Ghana for a breakthrough to be reached.