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Locked Shops: Nigeria threatens Ghana over treatment of Nigerian traders

The federal government is not satisfied with the reasons Ghanaian authorities gave for the closure of some shops owned by Nigerians based in the country and has said it is weighing its options to take actions.

Recall that the Ghanaian Ministry of Trades had rejected claims of unfair treatment by Nigerians and other foreign traders in the enforcement of the Ghana Investment Promotion Council regulations and insisted foreigners must pay GIPC registration of $1 million minimum foreign equity and registration fee of 31,500 cedis.

Nigerian traders have seen their shops closed, over their failure to register with the Ghana Investment Promotion Council (GIPC).

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has met with the League of Progressive Ambassadors of Nigeria officials, led by its president, Jasper Emenike, on Monday over the actions of Ghanaian Ministry of Trades.

Emenike, who briefed Onyeama on the state of affairs, called for the intervention of the government.

According to Onyeama, the FG will take up the matter with Ghanaian authorities and may also explore the option of approaching the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) court.

“We have the intention of calling our Charge D’Affairs in Ghana for consultation and again to get to the fact. We don’t want to anticipate what our actions would be, but we will consider all the options depending on the facts.

“Clearly, if it is contravening ECOWAS protocol, then we would have to look at solution including the ECOWAS Court as the final arbiter,” Onyeama said.

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