Ghanaian traders lock up shops owned by Nigerians




Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) on Thursday locked up shops owned by Nigerians in Kumasi. Credit: Myjoyonline

The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) on Thursday locked up shops owned by Nigerians in Kumasi, the Ashanti Region capital.

GUTA’s action is the second of its continued operation this year against foreigners doing retail business in the country.

According to Myjoyonline, the traders cited the Ghanaian laws to justify their action, insisting that they have been left with no choice than to move into the markets and lock the shops up themselves because the law enforcement agencies fail to do their work.

GUTA said foreign retailers flout section 27 of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) Act 865.

That law stipulates that the sale of goods or provision of services in a market, petty trading or hawking or selling of goods in a stall at any place must be reserved for Ghanaians.

Traders said this law is being flouted by foreigners, particularly Nigerians, on grounds that the ECOWAS protocol on free movement of goods and persons across the sub-region allows them to trade and do any kind of business in Ghana.

GUTA Public Relations Officer, Albert Mensah Offei, told Joy News that the locking up of retail shops owned by foreigners will soon be extended to other parts of the country.

The action by GUTA is the second time this year.




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