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Nigerian Traders Hail Buhari, ECOWAS For Reopening Shops In Ghana
11-09-2018, 04:30 AM,
Nigerian Traders Hail Buhari, ECOWAS For Reopening Shops In Ghana
The Nigerian Union of Traders Association Ghana (NUTAG),
has commended President Mohammadu Buhari-led
government, ECOWAS, Ghanaian authority and others for
their intervention in the reopening of Nigerians shops in
The President of NUTAG, Mr Chukwuemeka Nnaji, said this
in a telephone conversation with the News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN) from Kumasi Ghana on Thursday.
NAN reports that hundreds of shops run by Nigerians were
reportedly shut following an impasse with the Ghana Union of
Traders Association (GUTA).
The closure of the shops was allegedly in compliance with
authorities mulling some legislation compelling foreigners to
have one million dollars (R14.3 million) as minimum foreign
investment capital to do business in Ghana.
Nnaji who confirmed the reopening of the shops by the
authority in Ghana said that the government of Nigeria had
worked so hard to achieve the feat.
“Yes, the Government of Nigeria has worked so hard to bring
this success. All our shops are now opened. We want to thank
President Muhammadu Buhari for his intervention,” he said.
He recalled that President Buhari had sent a special envoy
led by Foreign Affairs Minister, and President of ECOWAS
Commission, Jean Claude Brou, to Ghanaian President Nana
Akufo-Addo over the matter.
“We also commend the ECOWAS president, Jean Claude Brou,
and his commissioners and other envoys sent to Ghana so
many times over the issue.
“We also want to thank the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr
Geoffrey Onyeama, and the Senior Special Assistant to the
President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-
Erewa, for their efforts,” he said.
Nnaji noted that the Minister had on Nov 2, summoned the
Ghanaian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Amb. Rashid Bawa,
over the situation on the reopening of the shops.
He commended the Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana,
Amb. Olufemi Abikoye, and his Ghanaian counterpart, Bawa,
on their efforts in resolving the impasse.
Nnaji also expressed the union’s appreciation to Ghanaian
President Akufo-Addo for his efforts and the role played in
ensuring that the closed shops were reopened.
NAN also recalled that President Akufo-Addo had assured
Nigerians in his country of freedom to operate their businesses
without harassment.
Akufo-Addo said this while receiving President Buhari’s
Special Envoy to Ghana, led by Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr
Geofrey Onyeama.
He urged Nigerians to go about their normal businesses in
“As far as the traders are concerned, the shops are re-opened;
people are back to work.
“Ghana Investment Promotion Centre Act will never be
applicable to ECOWAS citizens; so people can get on with
their normal lives,” he said.

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