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Ministry Of Trade Rejects Claims By Nigerian Traders Over Unfair Treatment.

The Trade Ministry in Ghana has rejected claims of unfair treatment by Nigerian Traders in the enforcement of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre law.

Currently, some Nigerian Traders in Ghana have complained about what they termed unfair treatment melted out to them by some Ghanaians in Accra.

Recently, there is tension between the two nations following the demolition of a building to the Nigerian High Commission in Ghana in some weeks ago. Some of the protesters were chanting “we can’t breathe”, as they engage the press.

Nigerian Traders whose shops have been locked in the enforcement of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre Act (865) at the Tip Toe lane here in Accra are challenging the closure of their shops by the inter-agency taskforce on retail trade after they began paying the required taxes and complying with other provisions in the investment laws.

All claims and protestations  has been rejected because Nigerian Traders have failed to honour the written demands.

In an interview with Prince Boateng Boakye, the Head of communication of the ministry, ” it does not look that we have been insensitive if that is what they are saying, I will be disappointed because I’ll  rather say they have rather been unfair to us as a regulatory body because we have given them more time than enough to the extent that, even the Ghanaians thought we the ministry wasn’t ready to enforce the law”.

“So, it’s very surprising to me for them to say that we’ve not given them enough time. If you recall as far back as December last year, these shops were locked, the president intervened and we asked that the shops be re-opened because the very law that gives GUTA the right to be the sole traders in our market, that same law requires that a certain group of people are those who can go and do law enforcement and not you, so allow us to do our work” he disclosed.

“They complied, the shops were opened. Since then we have given them an opportunity to regularize the document and submit it to us for verification, that has not been done.”

Mr Boateng maintained “now, this exercise started from Abossey-Okai on Monday. Because we have never been to Abossey-Okai  for this exercise, when we went there we did not just start locking shops. We went there, we inspected the shops and we gave them notices that  in 14-days they should ensure that all their necessary documentations be complete.”

“These people at circle have been served notices for over a year now.”

From the utterances of the head of communication of the ministry, it seems clear to both Ghanaian traders and some Nigerian traders that these protesters have nothing to protest against.

Source: HonestyNewsGh #let’s adhere to the Covid-19 protocols.