Over 600 shops belonging to foreign traders particularly Nigerians have been locked up by members of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle.
This is not the first time GUTA members had embarked on such an exercise in their quest to rid the Ghanaian market of foreign traders who are engaging in retail.
According to GUTA, government has failed to enforce Section 27 (1) of the GIPC Act, which bars foreigners from doing retail business.
In an interview with Citi FM, some local traders stated that they will enforce the law if the government is not willing to adhere to their request.
“We are trying to enforce the GIPC law because we have seen that, the leaders of the country will not enforce it. So we have to enforce it ourselves. We have been in this thing for twenty years and they are killing our market.
Government upon government have failed to enforce the law, that is why we are where we are today. The only thing that can be done is to ensure that foreigners do not enter into the retail business. If they don’t come, the case has ended. “
“Nigeria has closed its border when we are all members of ECOWAS. It’s because they have their domestic laws. And their local laws come before the ECOWAS law. They don’t have a case there because you can never ascend to an international which goes against your local law,” another local trader said.
Some affected Nigerian traders in the operation reiterated calls for Ghana government to intervene to resolve the impasse between Ghanaian and Nigerian traders.
“Unfortunately, we came this morning and realized that all the Nigerian shops have been locked by unknown persons. So some of our men who got there were so angry and broke the padlocks because we didn’t know the hoodlums who did that. This is a diplomatic issue and the worse part is that the people who are agitated and want us to leave are using a bad approach and are taking the law into their hands. The only solution is that the government of Ghana must intervene on the matter. The government must look at this because it can be replicated in Nigeria. It’s not good for the nation.”
Meanwhile, the Nima Divisional Police Commander, ACP Abraham Acquaye who was at the scene with his men to maintain order noted that some of the traders who pelted the police have been arrested.
Credit:Citi FM online