Nigerian traders in Ghana are in shock. This is because President Nana Akufo-Addo has proclaimed that the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) is right in its interpretation of the law that foreigners are not allowed to participate in retail business in Ghana.
He said his administration is working with key stakeholders to ensure the strict enforcement of the law, which GUTA has accused mostly Nigerian nationals of breaching.
Hundreds of shops belonging to Nigerian, other African migrants and some Chinese were locked last week at Circle, Accra, by the executive of GUTA
Addressing the press on Friday, President Akufo-Addo said: “[Member of] GUTA are right in their interpretation of the laws of our country.
The laws of our country, until they are changed, have banned foreigners from engaging in retail trade in our country as well as activities in our markets reserved those for Ghanaians.
So if people who are not Ghanaians are involved in it, people are entitled to get agitated about it.”
However, the President called on GUTA to desist from taking the law into their hands and allowing the appropriate course of action to evolve.
The president encouraged the traders to allow their leaders of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), to continue to dialogue with various stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the problem.
“Let’s not repeat any acts like the xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Let us allow the Minister of Trade and Industry to continue with the work he has started with the Ghana Immigration Service and a committee,” President Akufo-Addo added.