Personnel of the Ghana Police Service will be ruthless on members of the Ghana Union Traders Association (GUTA) tomorrow as shops owned by Nigerians in Opera Square open for business.
The shops have been closed by some members of GUTA since Monday with claims that Nigerians have taken over the retail space, which is reserved exclusively for local people.
Security sources have told Ghanacrusader.com Ghana Police will be on red alert tomorrow and will not entertain any person to take the law into their own hands in the Central Business District of Accra.
The local traders have consistently maintained that Nigerian traders have taken over their business of retail as stipulated in the Ghana Investment Promotion Council (GIPC) Law -GIPC (Act 85). The law bars foreigners from engaging in retail trade.
Confirming the opening of the shops from tomorrow, President of the Nigeria Union of Traders in Ghana (NUTAG), Chief Chukwuemeka Levi Nnaji disclosed that they have had fruitful discussions with the Ghana Police and GUTA executives.
“You only take over control of something if that person has it. My Ghanaian brothers have advantage more than Nigerian traders in Ghana-language, support of their banks and relatives. I believe the space is big enough for all of us. I understand whenever there is competition, it is good for business,” Chief Chukwuemeka.
He called on the leaders of Ghana to expedite action on harmonising local laws with that of ECOWAS protocols on trade, free movement of persons and services.
Listen to excerpts of the interview with Chief Chukwuemeka;