The All Nigerian Community Ghana (ANC) and the Nigerian Union of Trader Association of Ghana (NUTANG) have said the Nigerian government is not doing enough to shield them from harassment from Ghanaian authorities.
In a statement by the President, ANC, Ghana, Alhaji Salihu Alhaji Mohammed, the group demanded explanations from the government “for the current inertia” towards the issues of Nigerians in Ghana.
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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, had said the closure of Nigerian shops contravenes ECOWAS trade protocols and called for a decisive solution.
This comes after Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Godfrey Onyeama, summoned Ghana’s Chargé d’Affaires to Nigeria, Ms. Iva Denoo, on Monday, to discuss the issue.
The group said the Nigerian trading community in Ghana is under attack due to the crackdowns on Nigerian owned businesses in Ghana, citing regulations banning foreigners from conducting retail business in Ghana.
“While members of the Nigerian trading community have come to Ghana believing in good faith that they are permitted and protected by the ECOWAS laws to freely move here and make a living, unfortunately, authorities in the host country Ghana seem to believe otherwise,” it said.