- The Nigerian government warned that it will soon begin closing shops belonging to Ghanaians in Nigeria
- The notice was served following the treatment meted out to Nigerian traders in Ghana
- Nigerian traders and their counterparts in the retail space in Ghana have been clashing for months now
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The international trade relations between Ghana and Nigeria continue to worsen following the disagreement between traders of the two nations.
Nigerian traders and their counterparts in the retail space in Ghana have been clashing.
There have been clashes at Abossey Okai, Circle, and Kumasi between Nigerian traders and the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA).
Following the clash between traders of two countries, the Nigerian government has vowed that it would take “urgent steps” following a viral video showing the closure of shops belonging to traders from that country in Ghana.
Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama made the announcement in a tweet, as he expressed his government’s “dismay”.
The recent incident comes just months after a major diplomatic row in which a building in the Nigerian embassy compound in Ghana was demolished.
The response by the Nigerian government comes after Members of the Local Union of the Ghana Union of Traders Association in Koforidua in the Eastern region on Thursday, August 13 agitated over the influx of foreigners mostly Nigerians in the retail business contrary to the laws of Ghana.
The local GUTA Chapter has therefore issued an ultimatum demanding the closure of all retail shops of the Nigerians by August 31, 2020, threatening to unleash thugs to forcefully eject the Nigerians from the local market if their calls are not heeded.
Meanwhile, a pressure group, the Human Rights Writers Association, has called on the Nigerian government to retaliate against Ghanaian businesses in Nigeria.
Some Nigerians are questioning the rationale behind Ghana’s imposition of conditions, considering agreements on free trade and movement reached by the regional body, the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas).
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commissioned and handed over the Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to the African Union Commission.
The handing over ceremony was done on Monday, August 17, 2020.
In a Facebook post sighted by YEN.com.gh, the president noted that Ghana has fully discharged all her obligations and commitments agreed with the AU Commission.
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