Nigerian Traders in Ghana are having a tough time with the Ghanaian authorities have locked over 160 businesses. It is for this reason that they have called on the Federal government to intercede on their behalf.
Mr. Chukwuemeka Nnaji the President of the Nigeria Union of Traders in Ghana (NUTAG) stated that the Ghanaian authorities have continued to lock up their businesses including warehouses, and also harass their business partners. Should this continue without intervention from the Federal Government, they will run out of basic supplies such as food and other amenities of life.
He reiterated that an Inter-ministerial Task Force on August 10 moved round the country to identify shops owned by Nigerians and requested that such businesses be registered for the purpose of raising tax. In addition to resident permit, standard control and Ghana Investment Promotion Council (GIPC) registration.
All this requirements are strenuous considering the fact that many Nigerians do not have the GIPC registration, which cost as much as $1million or in equity. Moreover, they were given 14 days ultimatum to regularise the demands. Thus, the need for immediate intervention from the Nigerian government.
His words: “We are ready to return to Nigeria if that is the only option; we are not violating any law in Ghana, but Ghanaian authorities are treating us like outcasts in their dealings with us”.
He stated that the Ghanaian authorities are denying them of their rights by delaying the renewal of their resident permit and also increasing and introducing new fees incessantly.