FG Rues Continuous Closure Of Nigerian Shops In Ghana

By Ikenga Chronicles October 11, 2018

FG Rues Continuous Closure Of Nigerian Shops In Ghana

The Federal Government is unhappy with the continued closure of Nigerians shops in Ghana two weeks after President Koffi Nana-Akudo gave the order to reopen them.

Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, made this known in Abuja when the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) led by its President, Ken Ukuoha, paid her a visit.

This is as Ukuoha led the Nigerian and Ghanaian Chapters of the union to present a petition on the continuous closure of their shops to President Muhammadu Buhari through Dabiri-Erewa’s office.

Nigerian traders were shut-out of their business premises in pursuance of the eviction order dated 27th July 2018. The Ghanaian authority was demanding that traders must have one million dollars as minimum foreign investment capital to do business in Ghana as stipulated its Ministry of Trade and Industry (GIPC) Act, 2013.

She expressed worry that in spite of the assurance of the President of Ghana to Buhari that the shops will be re-opened, and despite an instruction to reopen the shops on Sept 27, the shops still remain closed.

“I am just going to start by appealing to you I know it is painful it is emotional, it is deep but I just urge you to remain calm.

“I am surprised that after the announcement of the President of Ghana on the reopening of the locked shops, they still remained under lock up till now.

“The president of Ghana paid a courtesy call on our president during the UN General Assembly in New York and he assured him that Nigerian traders were not being targeted

“When they said foreigners, he assured that Nigerians were not the target; and since that time which was on Sept. 27, I am very surprised that as at today over 400 shops were still under lock in Ghana,” she said.

Dabiri-Erewa expressed dismay that the Ghanaian president is yet to honour his promise to reopen the closed shops 13 days after.