“Come to our Aid”, Nigerian traders in Ghana beg FG over closure of shops

Nigerians business owners resident in Ghana under the aegis of Nigerian Traders Union in Ghana have called on the Federal Government to come to their aid over the closure of their shops by the Ghanaian authorities.

The President of the union, Mr Chukwuemeka Nnaji, on Saturrday told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by phone that the matter required the intervention of the Federal Government.

He said that shops belonging to Nigerian traders in Accra were locked up by Ghanaian authorities who demanded cash payment of $1million from them before the shops would be opened.

According to him, an inter-ministerial Tasktask force went round last Monday to identify shops owned by Nigerian traders ,and requested the documents on registration of business ,taxes, resident permit, standard control and Ghana Investment Promotion Council (GIPC) registration.

“Most of our members do not have the GIPC registration, because it requires $1million cash or equity and they gave us 14 days within which to regularise.

“They demanded that we must employ a minimum of 25 skilled Ghanaian workers and must not trade in commodities that Ghanaian traders have applied to trade in,” Nnaji said.

“The humiliation of Nigerians is getting out of hand. We are calling on the Nigerian government to come to our aid.

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