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Nigerian shops at Suame Magazine still locked as GUTA continues action

By Mutala Yakubu
Nigerian shops at Suame Magazine still locked as GUTA continues action
Nigerian shops at Suame Magazine still locked as GUTA continues action

Shops belonging to foreigners especially Nigerians remain shut at Suame Magazine.

After almost 24 hours since their shops were closed, they have still not gained access to their shops.

Members of the Ghana Union of Traders Association, GUTA have vowed to extend the lock-up of shops owned by foreigners to other parts of the country.

Today Luv FM reporter Nana Asenso Mensah yesterday reported that shops in the Suame Magazine which belong to Nigerians were closed and the situation is no different from today as the shops remain shut.

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He added that some of the GUTA authorities in the Ashanti Region say they are not backing down on the closing of foreign shops until the retailing law on foreigners is made to work.

Some Ghanaian retail traders over the past months locked up shops of foreigners especially Nigerians in Accra and Kumasi.

They accused the Nigerians of not paying tax and selling substandard goods to the public which is collapsing their businesses.

The traders say they will ensure the Ghana Investment Promotion Council fully implement its own law to protect local business.

The leadership of the Nigerian traders says they are disappointed by the actions of Ghanaians and this has affected their businesses.

Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for Bawku Central Mahama Ayariga has linked the recent closure of shops owned by foreigners to the closure of Nigerian borders to Ghanaian traders.

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He says until Nigeria adheres to the ECOWAS protocol there will be pockets of reprisal from respective countries.