The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) has appealed to the Committee on Foreign Retail Trade, to renew operations to shut down outlets of undocumented international retailers.
The growth comes amid purported plans by the Nigerian Union of Traders Association in Ghana (NUTAG) to reject the particular dispensation granted them by the Government of Ghana regardless of a collection of diplomatic efforts by each Ghana and Nigeria governments, Ghanaian Times studies.
A press release 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, Nkem Tony Onyeagolu, former President for All Nigerians Community- Ashanti Region, has appealed to the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Akufo-Addo to subject a directive for the re-opening of retailers owned by Nigerian merchants.
Onyeagolu mentioned because the closure of their retail outlets by native authorities, issues have gotten worse for a few of the Igbo merchants within the nation.
He defined that almost all of Igbo merchants have been victimised by the transfer and are hard-pressed financially, extremely indebted and haven’t been capable of repay loans they took from monetary establishments to run their companies.
In response, NUTAG President, Chukwuemeka Nnaji urged President Akufo-Addo of Ghana, President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, ECOWAS Commission and the worldwide neighborhood to “urgently intervene and prevent GUTA from attacking our members as they have promised in their last press release.”
He mentioned the present determination by GUTA comes as a shock because it had been capable of enchantment to the Inter-Ministerial Committee of each nations to evaluate the difficulty.
This is to permit “our members who have not registered with the GIPC to stay out the remaining days, months or years of their tenancy agreement after which they are supposed to pack out because the rent for those shops shall not be renewed and will not be allowed to rent shops anywhere in Ghana.”
NUTAG had been ordered to gather all of the enterprise paperwork of members, together with the tenancy agreements of the respective outlets or stalls.
According to the Nigerian union, GUTA’s failure to stick to the evaluate of the concession granted by the 2 co-chairmen of Joint Implementation Taskforce (JIT), in addition to its menace, is unlucky.
“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.
“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 assertion mentioned.
They mentioned if GUTA acts on its menace, hundreds of Nigerians shall be made to undergo going again to Nigeria with little or nothing as a lot of them had their outlets locked for nearly two years.