Border Closure: Nigerian traders ordered to leave Ghana

Nigerians doing business in Ghana have been asked to quit their shops by Thursday, November 14, 2019, or be forcibly sacked in apparent retaliation against the Federal Government’s closure of the borders.

The ultimatum was issued by the Ghana Union of Traders’ Associations (GUTA) and the Ghana Electrical Dealers Association (GEDA).

Guardian reports that one of the notices sighted at strategic locations in markets across Ghana, especially in Kumasi, reads in capital letters: “Attention! Attention! Attention! According to the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) Law Act 865 Section 27A, you are not to be in our market. We are by this notice informing you to leave our market by 14th November 2019. By GUTA.”

Another notice states “Warning! Warning! Warning! The agreement between GUTA, GEDA and the foreigners in our market place is up. So, the foreigners are given up to this weekend to abide by the agreement to leave our market places or they will be forcefully compelled to abide by it. By GEDA and GUTA.”

A Nigerian trader in Ghana told The Guardian: “They have closed some of the shops and threatened to close the shops belonging to Nigerians before November 14. They are angry because of Nigeria’s border closure, which has affected their businesses.

“The threat and notice for Nigerians to quit their market premises have been on for about 15 years now. There is an ongoing government campaign to send Nigerians back to their country. Since the present government in Ghana got into power, Nigerians are being deported for lack of work permits, prostitution, fraud, and other excuses.

“They have increased the cost of getting a work permit and taxation of Nigerian businesses in order to frustrate them. Even when you pay for all these, it might take, at least, three months to get back your international passport.”

Representatives of the Accra and Abuja governments reportedly met on Monday, November 4, 2019, to discuss the possibilities of opening Nigeria’s border to Ghanaian traders.

The border was closed in August 2019 to prevent the smuggling of products from neighbouring West African countries.

Many trucks have since been stranded at the Seme border. Over the weekend, the Nigerian government announced that the restriction would remain till January 31, 2020.

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2 thoughts on “Border Closure: Nigerian traders ordered to leave Ghana

  1. Whatever the case about Nigerian shops in Ghana they should obey Ghana domestic laws whether or not because all so called ecowas countries have similar laws in place to protect its citizens interest. Besides that nigerian is 200 plus million people in population going to be 300 million and to what the United nation has predicted as the Nigerian population pbomb going to equate the mighty United States of America’s population. Therefore if Ghana do not restrict the entries of Nigerians into Ghana with the unacceptable excuses of shop opening and given the opportunity of dumping their excessive population into the country then where would Ghana’s own population go whilst living in our own country?. Most politicians in Ghana including the president himself are very corrupt and without visions or concerns for the security of Ghanaians that is why they are not addressing the issue of Nigerian influx into Ghana but its extremely dangerous for Ghanaians future as a whole. Having touched on the population problem that the nigerians are going to cause for Ghanaians on our oil country one needs to also think about the wave of kidnappings rituals killings of ghanaian women and children think back from when the Nigerian influx into Ghana started. The armed robberies the secret training of the ghanaian youth to be killers and armed robbers including all forms of crimes the international media can attribute to the nigerians as their global reputations do tell. With the exception of about ten percent of Nigerians in Ghana doing genuine business Ghana is clearly left open for destruction by nigerians in its future if the ghanaian authorities the sleeping president akuffo addow do not wake up his senses to enforce our domestic laws for the Nigerian to leave as well as combat the influx. My fellow Ghanaians the country and its future is for us and we need to apply as much pressure as possible on our so called president and politicians to in order to save our country from the nigerians ongoing destruction by their excuses of opening shops in order to stay in the country with the population dump on Ghana and committing hideous crimes. Its common sense that Nigerians could open their retail shops in their own big country for the consumption of their own huge population while Ghanaians take care of our. This is the reality and its common sense. Nigerians have nothing doing in Ghana and must leave for the sake of national security

  2. Whatever the case about Nigerian shops in Ghana they should obey Ghana domestic laws whether or not because all so called ecowas countries have similar laws in place to protect its citizens interest. Besides that nigerian is 200 plus million people in population going to be 300 million and to what the United nation has predicted as the Nigerian population bomb going to equate the mighty United States of America’s population. Therefore if Ghana do not restrict the entries of Nigerians into Ghana with the unacceptable excuses of shop opening and given the opportunity of dumping their excessive population into the country then where would Ghana’s own growing population go whilst living in our own country?. Most politicians in Ghana including the president himself are very corrupt and without visions or concerns for the security of Ghanaians that is why they are not addressing the issue of Nigerian influx into Ghana but its extremely dangerous for Ghanaians future as a whole. Having touched on the population problem that the nigerians are going to cause for Ghanaians on our own country one needs to also think about the wave of kidnappings rituals killings of ghanaian women and children think back from when the Nigerian influx into Ghana started. The armed robberies the secret training of the ghanaian youth to be killers and armed robbers including all forms of crimes the international media can attribute to the nigerians as their global reputations do tell. With the exception of about ten percent of Nigerians in Ghana doing genuine business Ghana is clearly left open for destruction by nigerians in its future if the ghanaian authorities the sleeping president akuffo addow do not wake up his senses to enforce our domestic laws for the Nigerian to leave as well as combat the influx. My fellow Ghanaians the country and its future is for us and we need to apply as much pressure as possible on our so called president and politicians to act on the Nigerians in order to save our country from the nigerians ongoing destruction by their excuses of opening shops in order to stay in the country with the population dump on Ghana and committing hideous crimes. Its common sense that Nigerians could open their retail shops in their own big country for the consumption of their own huge population while Ghanaians take care of ours. This is the reality and its common sense. Nigerians have nothing doing in Ghana and must leave for the sake of national security

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