Ghanaian govt plans to liquidate Nigerian businesses in Ghana – Nigerian traders allege
The National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) has expressed concern over the plans of the Ghanian government to liquidate businesses owned by Nigerians in Ghana and has called on the Federal Government to take the matter of continued molestation to the ECOWAS court for adjudication. National President of the Association, Dr. Ken Ukaoha, made this statement after he led a delegation of the association, including some Nigerian traders in Ghana, to the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, to explore ways of resolving the crisis.
He complained that “offices of traders have been under lock and key for several months, with keys taken away by the authorities in Ghana despite meeting the conditions given by their government”. He said the federal government must not leave them dry and hanging because their means of livelihood has been either cut shut and put on hold. “The traders need to generate money to renew rents, pay school fees, settle bills, but they cannot because their means of livelihood are under lock and key.” He said this is despite the numerous treaties and protocols put in place by ECOWAS.
Ukaoha disclosed that they were at the ministry because the traders in Ghana were deemed as migrants and, therefore, the Nigerian Immigration Service, as part of the Interior ministry, had a role to play in the matter. Citing examples of the Xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa few months ago, the molestation and harassment of Nigerians in Lebanon, and the sufferings of Nigerians in Libya. He said if the Nigerians traders are forced to react in proportionate measure of what they faced it could be the start of a civil war between both countries.
He urged the both the government of Nigeria and ECOWAS to expedite action just as they did in the Mali coup and allow members of the union to return to their means of livelihood. We are here to cry to our own government because we have our own country too, he added. In his response, Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola assured that the government will not to keep quiet on that matter and has promised to deal with it in the most diplomatic way possible. He told the traders to cease evacuation, and allow them do their own part in the matter.