Nigeria has expressed concern over the continued closure of Nigerians shops in Ghana two weeks after President Koffi Nana-Akudo gave the order to reopen them. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said in Abuja when the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) led by its President, Ken Ukuoha, paid her a visit. Ukuoha had led the Nigerian and Ghanaian Chapters of the union to present a petition on the continuous closure of their shops to President Mohammadu Buhari through Dabiri Erewa’s office.
PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES FMR GHANA PRESIDENT MAHAMA Nigerian traders were shut-out of their business premises in pursuance of the eviction order dated 27th July 2018. The Ghanaian authority was demanding that traders must have one million dollars as minimum foreign investment capital to do business in Ghana as stipulated its Ministry of Trade and Industry (GIPC) Act, 2013. She expressed worry that in spite the assurance of President of Ghana to Buhari that the shops will be re-opened, and despite an instruction to reopen the shops on Sept 27, the shops still remain closed. I am just going to start by appealing to you I know it is painful it is emotional, it is deep but I just urged to remain calm. “I am surprised that after the announcement of President of Ghana on the reopening of the locked shops, they still remained under lock up till now.
“The president of Ghana paid a courtesy call on our president during the UN General Assembly in New York and he assured him that Nigerian traders were not being targeted “When they said foreigners, he assured that Nigerians were not the target; and since that time which was on Sept. 27, I am very surprised that as at today over 400 shops were still under lock in Ghana,” she said. Dabiri-Erewa expressed dismay that Ghanaian president yet to honour his promise to reopen the closed shops 13 days after. The presidential aide promised to convey the union’s message to the president who he said was the Chairman of the ECOWAS about what their petition. She said that President Buhari as the ECOWAS chairman would ensure that the matter is resolved once and for all. She urged the traders not to take laws into their hands no matter how provocative the situation may but to remain calm “I am sure that the matter will be resolved between the two presidents and will be treated as ECOWAS matter. “I know it is not only Nigerians that are affected but other ECOWAS nationals as well but I know that Nigerians are the largest. “On behalf of the government I advised and urge to remain calm because this is an ECOWAS matter and we cannot be doing this to ourselves,” she said. While noting that millions of Ghanaian traders in Nigeria were treated as brothers she appealed to the union not to even think about retaliation but rather be calm and obey their laws.