It began previously in August, according toThe Cable
Chukwuemeka Nnaji, the president of the Nigerian Traders Union in Ghana, informed the News Company of Nigeria that stores coming from Nigerian traders in Accra were being secured.
The secure wasn’t being performed by the trade union, he stated, however the Ghanaian authorities. And the authorities were asking for something called the Ghana Financial Investment Promo Council (GIPC) registration, which would need the traders to have a minimum of $1 million in equity. That’s over 350 million naira. (A lot.).
Then there’s likewise the registration charge of 31,500 cedis, which has to do with 1.15 million naira.
Other guidelines exist: that the Nigerian traders should use “a minimum of 25 knowledgeable Ghanaian employees and should not sell products that Ghanaian traders have actually used to sell.
The authorities had actually gotten here on August 10, Nnaji stated, to determine the stores coming from Nigerian traders, requesting their documents, including this GIPC authorization.
The majority of our members do not have the GIPC registration, since it needs one million dollars money or equity and they provided us 2 week within which to regularise.
Since Thursday, they had actually relocated to another location and began securing stores of Nigerian traders.
Nigerian life in Ghana matters. This is the incomes of Nigerians being ruined by Ghanaian authorities.
The embarrassment of Nigerians is leaving hand. We are contacting the Nigerian federal government to come to our help.
Quickly later, however, the Head of Communications of the Ghanaian Ministry of Trades, Boakye Boateng, speaking in an interview with the radio station Starr FM, explained the grievances of the Nigerian traders as unjust.
According to The Cable, the stores were locked as far back as December, he stated, and were just resumed after the intervention by the Ghanaian president Nana Akufo-Addo
He shared that retail trading in Ghana, according to the law, is special to Ghanaians.
If the $1 million in equity was a reasonable requirement, he didn’t state. He stated:
It can not be that weve been insensitive. If that is what theyre stating, Ill be dissatisfied since Ill rather state they have actually rather been unjust to us as a regulative body since we have actually provided more time than sufficient to the degree even the Ghanaians believed that the ministry was not on their side or the ministry wasnt all set to even impose law.
So, its really unexpected to me for them to state that weve not provided sufficient time. If you remember as far back as December in 2015, these stores were locked, the president stepped in and we asked that the stores be re-opened since the very law that offers GUTA the right to be the sole traders in our market, that very same law needs that a particular group of individuals are those who can go and do police and not you, so permit us to do our work.
They complied, the stores were opened. Ever since we have actually provided a chance to regularise the file and send it to us for confirmation, that has actually not been done. Now, this workout began with Abossey-Okai on Monday. Due to the fact that we have actually never ever been to Abossey-Okai for this workout, when we went there we did not simply begin locking stores. We went there, we checked the stores and we provided notifications that in 14-days they need to guarantee that all their required documents be total. These individuals have actually been served notifications for over a year now.
Now, however, the Nigerian traders have actually discovered their method to Nigeria and are objecting atthe Foreign Affairs Ministry in Abuja.
According to Punch, the protesters brought placards and showed in harmony under the watch of law enforcement officer.
The Nigerian traders have actually had enough, leader of the group Nze Ugo-Akpe Onwuka stated, including that they have actually been targeted and pestered for 7 years.
We have actually had enough. This has actually been going on for 7 years, we are being pestered and targeted although our documents depends on date.
Where is the ECOWAS procedure? This is wrong. We have Ghanaians working here and they are not being pestered. A few of us use them to work for us in Ghana, yet the authorities there pester us for no simply trigger.
What is the Nigerian federal government doing about the problem?
Well, according to the BBC, theMinister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, stated that the $1 million requirement protests ECOWAS policy, and the nation will examine the matter. If Ghana is condemned, the matter will hurt at the ECOWAS court.
There’s likewise been talk of remembering the Nigerian ambassador to Ghana.
We can just hope that the problem is fixed quickly enough.
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