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HAPPENING NOW | Border Closure?: Ghanaian Traders Shutdown All Nigerians' Shops


Nov. 05, 2019

Shops belonging to Nigerians and other foreigners in Opera Square in Accra have been closed down by Ghanaian traders Tuesday. 
Multiple reports suggest all the shops shutdown belong to Nigerians. 
It was gathered that this brought the number of similar incidences in that market to three.
“According to what I heard, over 50…maybe less. We are not sure,” Premium Times cited Chukuemeka Nnaji, President of the Nigerian Union of Traders Association of Ghana  as saying.
Accra-based news organisation, Citinewsroom, however, reports over 50 shops had been locked up by midday. It did not mention whether the latest closure is in any way connected to the Nigerian government's closure of its borders against its neighbour in a move it insists was made to curb smuggling and allow local manufacturers flourish.
Ghana's President, Akufo-Ado
It was learnt that the Ghanaian traders are saying the activities of the foreign nationals contravene Section 27 of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) Act 865. The law bars foreign nationals from:
1. the sale of goods or provision of services in a market, petty trading or hawking or selling of goods in a stall at any place
2. the operation of taxi or car hire service in an enterprise that has a fleet of less than twenty-five vehicles;
3. the operation of a beauty salon or a barbershop;
4. the printing of recharge scratch cards for the use of subscribers of telecommunication services; e. the production of exercise books and other basic stationery;
5. the retail of finished pharmaceutical products;
6. the production, supply and retail of sachet water; and
7. all aspects of pool betting business and lotteries, except football pool.
The traders say they are forced to carry out the operations following the government’s failure to enforce the GIPC laws.
“If police will not do it, we will do it ourselves,” said one of the traders. “It has been many years since we started this activity, the Police is not willing to help us. So we have to help ourselves, protect our laws.”
This action comes just four days after a similar operation was carried out by members of GUTA in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region. Myjoyonline.com reports that several shops belonging to Nigerians in at least five markets in Kumasi were locked up last Thursday.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), Albert Offei, had told Joy News last Thursday the action would soon be extended to other parts of the country.
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