Naija Must Go: Ghana Closes 40 Nigerian Traders’ Shop

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Feb 14, 2013 – Naija Must Go: Ghana Closes 40 Nigerian Traders’ Shop

Ghanaian authorities have renewed the siege against foreign traders, as the Ministry of Trade and Industry, at the weekend clamped down over 40 shops belonging to Nigerians.

The shops located at Akanshie, about 200 meters away from the Mokola International Market were occupied by Nigerians, who traded in bicycle spare parts and other accessories.

According to one of the affected traders, Mr. Damien Uduba, their shops were stormed by some officials of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, who compelled them to pack their goods and thereafter had the shops under lock and key. The officials were reported to have secured the shops with their own padlocks, thereby making them inaccessible to the owners.

Business in the usually busy area has almost grinded to a halt, as only a few shops said to be owned by Ghanaians are open.

“Official of the Ministry of Trade and Ministry of Ghana came yesterday and asked us to close and pack our things. And afterwards, they locked up all the shops and asked us to go out of their markets. In fact we are all troubled, we started packing our things inside the shops, and they locked everything inside and took the keys away,” Uduba revealed.

A written notice pasted on the doors of the sealed shops titled “Notice to Non-Ghanaians engaging in retail business,” instructed them to regularize their businesses before they would be allowed to continue doing business.
A ruffled Uduba insisted that he had done all that was required by the Ghanaian law to do business in the country, “If you see in my hands, I have all the documents, we are obliged to obtain. This is the document from the Ghanaian government authorizing me to commence business in the country.

“You can see another document. This is my Resident Permit, allowing me to reside in the country. In fact I have all the documents. I pay VAT, IRS and other taxes. I pay everything and yet they closed my shop. They said I should move out of the market. I should pack all my things and go back to Nigeria,” he said.

Another affected trader, Mr. Prince Uzokwu, who also recounted his ordeal at the ministry, said he was told that he would only be allowed into his shop to pack his goods out of the place. He was not allowed to continue trading in the area.

Uzokwu recollected that the area was transformed into a beehive of commerce by the Nigerian traders stating, “When we came to this place it was virtually empty, but you know Nigerians. I came and I brought somebody and that person brought another and within a period of time, the place blossomed into a market.

“So if I go to the bush or a village to establish again, maybe tomorrow, the place will also turn into a market and they will come and expel us again. So we don’t know what to do about it. We are losing business and we have families to fend for,” he blustered.

Uduba added that the conciliatory moves by ECOWAS Parliament that brought them some respite may have been disregarded by the Ghanaian authorities.

Mr. Joseph Obeng, the National Organizer of Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) insisted that there was nothing like concession. The laws of the country must be implemented to the letter. In so far as their law had reserved retail business for Ghanaians alone it must be respected.

Oteng also reasoned that Ghana cannot forgo her laws when her nationals in other ECOWAS countries were subject to domicile laws.

The President of the Nigerian Union of Traders Association in Ghana (NUTAG), Deacon John Igwe Ukala, who expressed surprise at the latest intimidation of Nigerian traders, explained that he was unaware of any default on the part of their members that could have prompted the action taken by the Ghanaian authorities.

“I always tell our members to be law abiding and do as the law of Ghana says. Don’t misbehave here, pay your tax, pay your VAT, and get your Resident Permit. To my greatest surprise, when I heard this news yesterday we were really shocked. I cannot understand the cause of this, because I know our members have complied with their laws,” he posited.

[Daily Trust]

22 thoughts on “Naija Must Go: Ghana Closes 40 Nigerian Traders’ Shop

  1. WHY IS IT NIGERIANS ARE FOUND EVERYWHERE ON THE PLANET? Dont you want to stay and do business in your country?

  2. GHANIANS ARE ALWAYS JEALOUS OF NIGERIAN, AM VERY SURE ITS BCOS OF THE NATIONS CUP WON BY NIGERIAN. NAWA OOOOO JEALOUSY PEOPLE.

  3. willard u re mad.ve u not seen or heard dat ur people re in naija nobody disturbin them.nigeria is d giant of afrika.any country u go and u find no nigerian pls leave dat country.we nigerians we re prety,handsome,creative,intelligent,focused,hardworkin.here in nigeria we ve great men of God.nija d giant of afrika we re blessed.AM PROUD 2 B A NIGERIAN

  4. Who ever think Ghanaians are jealous of Nigerians. Tofiakwa, chaii. Mmbanu, never, ever, nalie oooooo. Ghana?

    Your country is bigger than Ghana, that’s all. We do not want anything from you. We both complement each other. Nigerians have always ran to Ghana to settle there, We love you as our own, but you have big mouth which you do not ever shut it to humble yourselves. Everything you know, you know. Stay still and learn, then all will be well with you. A little humility goes a long way.

  5. This one is goes to Mama deejay,i think something is wrong with you,come to think of it,if your so called county is not really jealous,why will your people act that way when they know fully well that we just won the AFCON ,Up Nigeria, because we are the best in the world pluse Ghana minuse Ghana,any where we Go ,we always prosper, I’m so happy to be a nigerian

  6. Ghana is always like that, sorry for those Nigeria that are still living there. I have my ordeal when I was going to Nigeria by raod via Ghana,with a super charge jeep SUV. The Ghana police nearly kill me and my younger brother because we missed the road inside Accra to Aflao Togo road, that day I spent more than 250.000FCFA just for Ghana police to allow us go. What is our offence? That we Nigeria always like good cars and will stop and ask a Ghanaian the road to Lagos. But the main issue is that they saw a lot of goodies in the boat of the car after search. To be breif, Ghana people hate Nigerians; the worst is that we also won the AFCON. Ghana is the cause of Ivory Coast WAR because the want Cote d’Ivoire to divide so that there poor economy will rais. Sorry for the Nigerian’s investors in Ghana. UNA GO HEAR NWHI!!!

  7. If Nigeria totally withdraws her investments from Ghana,I mean from the likes of Adenuga’s globacom to the lil retail sellers, Ghana would plummet economically. Ghana is what she is because Nigeria took her under her care,we gave meaning to that country. Checkout how much we’re pumping into their education, see what we’ve done to their movie & music industries. Ghana needs us more than we need’em. We don’t even need’em at all!

  8. To we nigerians here,we knw hw they behaves.. Jst bcuz we won ds yr afcon,they always hate nigerians. They said we spoil their gals,if u happen to have gals who loves money,wad do u expect? They always 4get dat wtout Nigerians,their economy wil be very poor. We the students,we pay double the fee they pay in school,in dollars… Mehn,let’s 4get about dese people,they hate us passionately…

  9. My fellow Nigerians the truth of the matter is the Ghana have elected bad people in power who hates Nigerians with passion Nana A Addo could have been the right man for Ghana because,the Ashanti’s are travelers so they understand the issue of immigration than any other tribes in Ghana.

    I myself ihave live in Ghana for more than 10yrs so i know what i’m talking about,it’s not all Ghanaians that hate Nigerians they are a lot of loving Ghanians who are not happy with the present situation,but as you know the world is suffering not because,of the bad people but because,of the silent of the good people.I’m really concern about this issue buecause,i own a house in Ghana so i don’t know the measures they will also take against the Nigerians who owns houses or properties in Ghana tomorrow.lets take heart and pray God will surely help us

  10. IN ZIMBABWE, THE NIGERIANS ARE STEALING OUR WOMEN. The women say Nigerians have bigggg p**ises. Kikiki…

  11. Ghana is always hate Nigeria, they are many here in lagos and doing business , but no one disturbing them, if we won Afrcon cup of nation , is that a a sin. we do business more than them , we all these one saling pofupofu here , we will close them also. we have nothing to lose .

  12. Mubvumbi pse dont embarass us your fellow countrymen, explain to me how the women are stolen-Nigerian men have respect for women period. I have said it before there is a demon in Africa which does not like order the few Naijas i know are very compliant when it comes to places they operate their businesses from. My bone of contention is the Ghanaian authorities allowing ppl whom they knew to be foreigners to open business they now turnaround &ask them to close shop to me thats the highest order of wickedness. I think its high we accept that Nigerians are daring unlike most of us.

    On another note here in Harare there was a part of town that had become an eyesore when the Nigerians came they gave the Indians who own most of these bldngs ideas on facelifting now our old dowtown is the it. So Ghana stop victimising Nigerians there are your brothers&sisters. I pray that this issue will be resolved soon.

  13. Mubvumbi why do we have Zimbabweans even in Afghanistan? Pse just leave them Nigerians alone&i pray that your posts are not from your soul cause thats a sign of xenophobic behaviour which i pray against right now in the name of JESUS CHRIST.

  14. Am so sorry mai Gamu. I know you are hurt. Dont worry, we are NOT going to chase them from Zimbabwe. The question is where were these Nigerians before we startf using American dollar? The elections are around the corner, and if the oldest party wins, then we will use the Zim dollar not US$.

  15. pity to all ghanster ghana’s who are found of paintng 9jas black well get dis dumb asses 9ja 4 life and its a pity dat som 9jas found plessure helping ur small contry which is not even bigger dan one state n 9ja goosh i dislike u pple ur 2 wicked and jelouse if not of our ledears who are sellfish wit our resouces am sure u no u will not by any means open ur bad mouth to utter nonsenc but even at our worst ghana niger bits u guys . pls deal wit it or jump nto ur river and die dat is if u have gud rivers .

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