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Nigerian traders demand immediate gov’t intervention over closure of shops

The Nigeria Union Traders Association of Ghana (NUTAG) is asking the Government of Ghana to come clear on its plans concerning the closure of shops belonging to its members.

About a month after the closure of the shops, the association is worried about the situation it claimed had brought untoward hardships on NUTAG members.

In a Citi News interview the General Secretary of the association, Comrade Everystus Nwankwor, said he government must make known its line of action regarding their issue so they can be advised.

NUTAG has also called on GUTA to come to the aid of its indigenous employees who have also been unemployed since the closure of its shops.

The two associations have been having running battles over the local retail space as the Ghanaian traders push for the enforcement of Ghana’s laws that prohibit foreigners from engaging in retail trade.

Hundreds of shops owned by Nigerians have been locked up in a move by GUTA to clamp down on foreigners engaged in retail business against Ghanaian laws.

Local retailers in parts of Accra and Kumasi have in recent times locked up the foreign-owned shops, preventing foreigners from going about their business.

The leadership NUTAG has also asked its members at the Tip-Toe Lane to remain calm as discussions continue to have their shops reopened.

All efforts according to them are being made to engage their Ghanaian counterparts to find a lasting solution to the current impasse.

It appealed to President Nana Akufo-Addo to immediately intervene in its ongoing brawl with the GUTA. NUTAG said it has endured enough of what it describes as the consistent harassment of its members since 2007.

According to the Association, President Akufo-Addo must intervene for a re-look at the laws GUTA takes advantage of to harass them.


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