Nigerians in Ghana has lamented over their closed Businesses/shops by the Ghanaian Government, Calls on The Nigerian Government for Help.
Recall that Nigerian shops was closed by Ghanaian Authorities since 1st of December 2019.
According to the Information Made Available to ODINCE BLOG by Mazi Ifeanyi Nwosu, the CEO of Onye Ije Media Ltd, who Interviewed some Nigerians in Ghana, “The Ghanaian Government closed Businesses belonging to Nigerians and others, stating that anyone who wants to do Business in Ghana should come as an Investor with at least $1 million dollars (approximately 365 million Nigerian Naira) and must pay 5% VAT to Ghanaian Government Account before they can do Business, adding that they
Nigerian Traders in Ghana has reacted to this Development, calls on Nigerian Government to come to their Rescue.
During the Interview, His Royal Majesty Eze Dr. Ambassador Chukwudi J. Ihenetu (Ohazurume 1) Eze Ndi Igbo in Ghana, said that the area was transformed into a beehive of commerce by the Nigerian traders.
HE SAID: “Ghanaian authorities have renewed their siege against foreign traders especially Nigerians, as the Ministry of Trade and Industry closed down businesses/shop owned by Nigerians since 1st of December 2019 without Our knowledge or information at Kwame Nkrumah Circle. Ghanaian Government Locked the shops with their own padlocks, thereby making them inaccessible to the Us.
“When we came to this place it was virtually empty, but you know Nigerians. I came and I brought somebody and that person brought another and within a period of time, the place blossomed into a market.
“So if I go to the bush or a village to establish again, maybe tomorrow, the place will also turn into a market and they will come and expel us again. So we don’t know what to do about it. We are losing business and we have families to fend for,”
“A written notice was pasted on the doors of the sealed shops titled “(Notice to Non-Ghanaians engaging in retail business,” instructed us to regularize their businesses before we will be allowed to continue doing business. Business in the usually busy area has almost grinned to a halt, as only a few shops are owned by Ghanaians are open.
The President of the Nigerian Union of Traders Association in Ghana (NUTAG), Chief Chukwuemeka Nnaji also reacted to the Development.
HE SAID: “The exercise is targeted at Nigerian. We’re part of the ECOWAS. So why are they doing this? They’ve not entered into any shop owned by the Senegalese and the Togolese who do business here too.
“They said we’re taking over their jobs. Nigerian government needs to wade into this matter and save those in various detention facilities. Since yesterday, they’ve arrested over 100 Nigerians,”
“I always tell our members to be law abiding and do as the law of Ghana says.
“Don’t misbehave here, pay your tax, pay your VAT, and get your Resident Permit. To my greatest surprise, when I heard this news yesterday we were really shocked. I cannot understand the cause of this, because I know our members have complied with their laws,”
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