Nigerian Traders Protest In Abuja Over Unjust Harassment And Locking Up Of Their Shops In Ghana (Photo)

August 19, 2020
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Nigerians have protested illtreatment of their brothers and sisters in Ghana

Nigerians have protested illtreatment of their brothers and sisters in Ghana

According to Punch, a group of Nigerian traders operating in Ghana have protested at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Abuja to vent their anger at Ghana for locking up of their shops in the country.

The angry protesters  carried placards with various inscriptions of their grievances, held the protest peacefully under the watch of policemen.

Leader of the group, Nze Ugo-Akpe Onwuka, said the traders were running out of patience because they have waited for seven years for the Nigerian government to intervene but to no avail.

Onwuka said, “We have had enough. This has been going on for seven years, we are being harassed and targeted even though our documentation is up to date.

“Where is the ECOWAS protocol? This is not right. We have Ghanaians doing business here and they are not being harassed. Some of us employ them to work for us in Ghana, yet the authorities there harass us for no just cause.”

He explained that the plight of Nigerians doing business in Ghana was reaching boiling point and could degenerate to a point where Nigerians will become subject of xenophobic attacks if the issue is not dealt with.

The PUNCH had earlier reported that the Ghanaian Ministry of Trades recently rejected claims of unfair treatment by Nigerian traders in the country during the enforcement of the Ghana Investment Promotion Council regulations.

It also insisted that the traders must pay the required $1m taxes and other fees imposed on them by the authorities.

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