The Ghanaian Government taskforce officials have ordered all Nigerian traders doing business in Ghana to pay $1million.
One of the victims was seen in a video showing the officials his business registration certificate and other documents but the enforcement team shut his shop ignoring all his explanations.
The Ghanaian Head of Communications, Ministry of Trade, Mr Prince Boateng who spoke on , radio station, Starr FM, said “Nigerian traders failed to honour an ultimatum to meet the requirements. He said, “It cannot be that we’ve been insensitive; if that is what they’re saying, I’ll be disappointed because I’ll rather say they have rather been unfair to us as a regulatory body because we have given them more than enough time to the extent that even the Ghanaians thought that the ministry was not ready to enforce the law”. He said.
He siad, that the shops were locked last December and later re-opened following the intervention of President Nana Akufo-Ado. According to him, the traders complied but have not regularised their documents for verification.
Mr Boateng explained that the law being enforced gave the Ghana Union of Traders Association the right to be the sole traders in the local market. The spokesman, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ferdinand Nwonye, said the Nigerian mission in Accra, had yet to send a formal report on the harassment of the traders to the ministry. He said.